[UPDATE 8:08 p.m.] While Yountville Shooter Still Has Hostages, Humboldt County Law Enforcement Is Being Asked to BOLO for an Associated Vehicle
Humboldt County law enforcement is being asked to keep a lookout for a vehicle associated with the Yountville shooter, even though the shooter himself, believed to be a 36-year-old man with mental health issues, is still holding three hostages. The Napa Valley Register reports that the man wearing body armor went into The Pathway Home a little before 10:30 this morning and took several people hostage. Eventually, he released some of the victims including at least one woman.
About 2:30 this afternoon, a dispatcher in Humboldt County requested that officers here be alert for a vehicle associated with the shooter. The vehicle is described as a 2012 black Volkswagon 4-door with the plate number 7CND670. The officers are warned that the driver could be armed and dangerous. No description of the driver is given.
According to Samantha Karges, public information officer for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, all law enforcement throughout the state is being asked to look for the vehicle.
Below is a tweet from the Register showing the area and linking to their description of what has occurred so far.
The suspect is believed to have been a member of The Pathway Home, a privately run program for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with emotional traumas. Early reports said the man, 36, had been discharged from the treatment program 2 weeks ago. https://t.co/MICMXmPvfc pic.twitter.com/KF4r7vZSpK
— Napa Valley Register (@NapaRegister) March 9, 2018
The CHP are also on site. This tweet from them was before the 2 p.m. press conference but shows some of the equipment including a Command Center that is being brought to Yountville.
CHP has brought in a significant amount of resources in an effort to end the active shooter hostage situation at Yountville Veterans Home of California. We will conduct s press conference at 2PM. pic.twitter.com/HPU5K68gfo
— CHP Golden Gate (@CHP_GoldenGate) March 9, 2018
UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: The BOLO has been cancelled.
UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: Multiple news agencies are reporting that the hostage taker and his three women hostages are dead.
Earlier Chapter: Active Shooter Confirmed at Yountville Veteran’s Home in Napa County