A former housekeeping employee of a Dayton, Ohio Veterans Affairs hospital brought a gun into the facility and was involved in a break room scuffle, which left a present VA employee with a gunshot wound to the ankle. The suspected shooter was then apprehended shortly after visiting another area hospital seeking psychiatric assistance,
Neil Moore, 59, was taken into custody at the second hospital, and Dayton Police Chief Richard Beihl said, “Somehow he was able to get from here to there.” The shooting victim, Paul Burnside, 61, apparently was acquainted with Moore, as the two worked in housekeeping at the Good Samaritan VA hospital. There were three witnesses to the shooting, and during the initial 911 call to report the incident, Moore was described as wearing a jacket with a U.S. Marine Corps emblem on it.
The shooting occurred during lunch hour in the service and operations area of the hospital’s main building, which prompted a lockdown as FBI agents searched the area. Roads leading to the hospital complex were blocked by authorities. Police also blocked roads leading to the hospital complex.
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The VA hospital doesn’t have metal detectors and holds beds for roughly 450 patients and provides veterans with medical, psychiatric and nursing home care. An Iraq Army veteran shot himself to death outside of the same hospital four years ago, in front of a monument to soldiers near the entrance. Jesse C. Huff had been a patient there, and was wounded by an explosive device while serving in Iraq.
Stephanie Brooks, Moore’s sister-in-law, told reporters that her family was devastated. “We’re all confused and we’re trying to find out what has happened,” she said. Moore’s neighbor Myshalee Williams added, “He is always so friendly, and he really is a good family man. He loves his children and his grandchildren,” she said.
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