There are preliminary reports of 30 shots fired outside the main dining area.
The Napa Valley Register reported that a man wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon entered the home. Thornton said her 96-year-old father - a WWII fighter pilot - was inside a hospital wing and she had reached one of his friends who said he was safe.
Events manager Elizabeth Naylor, who was working about 10 miles north of the veterans' home, said she heard waves of emergency sirens.
Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home, according to the website. Thornton said she was anxious about how her dad's coping with the stress, considering his age, PTSD and slight dementia. CHP and Napa County fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several firetrucks could be seen at the scene.
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The home, which houses around 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, has been put into lockdown as authorities surround the property.
A man who exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers is holding three people hostage inside the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, authorities said Friday afternoon.
Yountville is in Napa Valley, the heart of Northern California's wine country.
The Napa County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol have responded to the home, and people are asked to avoid the area. Residents from the home often golf at the club for free, said Jason Boltt at Vintners.