1 shot at Dayton VA Center, suspect in custody

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police have arrested the man suspected of shooting at least one person at the Dayton VA Center.

The suspect, Neil Moore, was taken into custody by hospital security at Good Samaritan Hospital after coming to the hospital seeking psychiatric services. Moore, a former employee at the VA Center is now in custody at the Dayton Police Department.

The shooting happened around noon in the basement of the main facility.

The victim, Paul Burnside, was shot in the ankle.

Paul Burnside
Paul Burnside

“He actually struggled with Mr. Moore over the weapon and that was when he was shot,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.

Moore suffered a minor injury and is expected to be OK.

When the shooting happened, police and medics responded and staged in the area at 4100 W. Third St. while buildings at the center were evacuated and others locked down. Police conducted a room-to-room search, but said they have no other reason to believe there are any other suspects.

Congressman Mike Turner released a statement Monday afternoon.  It says:

“I am deeply troubled by the events that took place today at the Dayton VA Medical Center.  Thank you to Director Glenn Costie and our first responders from multiple jurisdictions who acted immediately to protect all veterans and employees from danger.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and his family as well as the entire community at the Dayton VA.”

VA Center CEO Glenn Costie praised the actions of his staff and emergency responders

“There was a sense of command, there was a sense of calm. Staff knew what to do. Staff knew what to do in response to our code that we issued. They began to shelter in place. Then as they were able to, they were escorted out of the building,” Costie said.

The center is now closed to public and all appointments are canceled for the day.

VA officials said any vets that need immediate medical care should visit their local emergency room.

If you need information on someone at the VA Center, you can call that person’s room directly, or call the switchboard at 268- 6511.

2 NEWS has a crews at the VA Center and at the Dayton Police Department and will have complete team coverage on 2 NEWS beginning at 5:00 and online at WDTN.com.

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