VA suspect’s neighbors: He was always warm and welcoming

Neighbors react to VA suspect Neil Moore
Neighbors react to VA suspect Neil Moore. (WDTN Photo)

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) –  Not long after the shooting at the Dayton VA Center Monday afternoon, FBI agents were on the 6700 block of Shadeybrook Drive in Trotwood where the shooter, Neil Moore lived, speaking with family members and neighbors.

Many neighbors said this is the first time there has ever been such chaos in the area or at Moore’s home.

They said the 59-year-old suspect was often called Ricky among family and friends.

They told 2 NEWS he was always warm and welcoming and that he was a big family man who could be seen in his yard playing with his grandchildren.

Just this past weekend, he held a party for loved ones and neighbors said he was in good spirits, so they are shocked at how things unfolded.

“This is crazy. I’ve never seen him act any sort of way of having any anger problems,” said Myshalee Williams. “Everytime you seen him, he came outside and spoke. He never seemed like he was going through anything, um, I just really hope that he’s in good condition.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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