YOUNTVILLE, Calif. - Veterans and other people who live at the Yountville Veterans Home are in mourning after a hostage situation ended with a gunman killing three women he hold hostage in a building on the premise.
Around 9 p.m. Friday, a small group of people who say they knew the victims lit three candles at the entrance of the Veterans Home, one for each of the women killed.
Earlier that night at 6:30 p.m. before the official announcement that the standoff had ended, the Napa County Sheriff's Department mobile incident command center, followed by a caravan of other law enforcement vehicles, left the Veterans Home.
An hour later, a steady stream of civilian vehicles entered the premises as veterans returned home.
One by one, each was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer and asked to show identification.
"I'm disturbed very much about that. I didn't know that. All day, this has been going on , We didn't know that they were dead at all. It's a shame," says Robert Annick, an 83-year- old Korean War veteran.
"We just want to go home. It's been a long day," says Tony Toves, A U.S. Army veteran.
One man told KTVU his wife works as a nurse at the Veteran's Home.
Sad...sad...I don't have any words," says Felipe Martinez.
When asked how his wife is doing, he replied, "She's fine. Fortunately, she was in another area.
"I was in my room and somebody came down the hallway and said there was a lockdown and there's a shooter on campus," says Paul Jozwicki, a U.S. Air Force veteran.
The 75 year old says he left the campus as it was being locked down, hoping that no one would be hurt or killed," I'm really stunned. Its not a happy day...I've never felt any kind of trepidation living here."
During the standoff, some veterans sought refuge at the nearby Yountville Community Center.
where they had food and beverages.
Now, they say they're glad to be able to come home, but saddened and shocked by this outcome.