3 employees taken hostage at Yountville Veterans Home

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YOUNTVILLE (KRON) – The three people taken hostage by a gunman at the Yountville Veterans Home Friday are veterans program employees. 

The gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting at the veterans home and let some leave, while keeping others hostage.

A husband said says his wife was at the party of 10 to 15 people at the Pathway Home, which is a program that treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.

His wife is now inside the home’s dining hall and is not allowed to leave. He spoke to her by phone.

Authorities say the hostages are being kept a in a room. 

The gunman released some but kept three people. 

Authorities have not yet been able to make contact with the gunman but they are trying.

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson told reporters that authorities have been trying to reach him on his cellphone and other nearby phones. 

He says officials know who the gunman is but weren’t releasing his name and didn’t know what his motive was.

California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs says those still being held are employees of The Pathway Home, a privately run program on the veterans home’s grounds. The program treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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