Ex-employee in custody after Dayton VA Medical Center shooting

DAYTON, OH - Police say a man is in custody after a shooting that injured one person at the Dayton VA Medical Center Monday.

Dayton spokesman Bryan Taulbee said the suspect, Neil Moore, is a former employee of the medical center. He was taken into custody at Good Samaritan Hospital after his sister dropped him off there, police said.

Taulbee said the shooting victim, 61-year-old Paul Burnside, suffered a gunshot wound to his leg after he struggled with Moore over the weapon.

The suspect is from suburban Dayton and there were no other shooters involved, Taulbee said.

Police responded to the shooting just after 12:15 p.m. at the VA clinic.

When officers arrived, they put the center on lockdown and searched each room. They said shots were fired near the building's loading dock.

Authorities said they have not determined a motive at this time.

Lori Walker, an employee in the mental health area, told WCPO news partner WHIO the center was put on "code silver" to lock all offices. Walker said she and others were told to evacuate by police a few minutes later.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office blocked all roads leading to the campus. Dozens of police cruisers were on the scene and searched between and underneath vehicles in the parking lot.

On its Facebook page, the clinic said scheduled appointments were put on hold. It cited "a current developing situation."

 

 

The hospital provides veterans with medical, mental health and nursing home care. It has beds for about 450 people.

Four years ago, an Iraq War Army veteran wearing military fatigues fatally shot himself at a monument to soldiers outside the same hospital. The man, Jesse C. Huff, had been a patient there. He had been wounded by an explosive device in Iraq.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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