Gunman and Three Hostages Found Dead at California Veterans Home

(From Reuters)

Three women and a gunman who held them hostage at a California home for U.S. war veterans were found dead inside the room where he was holed up on Friday, bringing a tragic end to an all-day standoff with police at the facility, authorities said.

A state senator whose district includes the area, Bill Dodd, earlier told reporters the gunman was a member of Pathway Home, a program housed at the complex for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The hostages were believed to be employees who had worked with him at the sprawling facility, he said.

“This is a tragic piece of news, one that we were really hoping we wouldn’t have to come before the public to give,” California Highway Patrol spokesman Chris Childs told reporters outside the facility in Yountville, a picturesque town located in the heart of Napa Valley’s wine country about 60 miles (97 km) north of San Francisco.

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