UPDATE - U.S. official says gunman, 3 hostages dead after shooting, standoff at veterans home in California.
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at a veterans home in California.
Police closed access to the large veterans home in Yountville after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds.
The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents at 10:30 a.m. Friday warning them to avoid the area because of "activity at the Veterans Home in Yountville."
The Napa Valley Register reported that a man wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon entered the home.
The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.
The state Veterans Affairs Department says it is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.
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