VA shooting suspect: ‘Don’t mess with my family’

Neil Moore suspected of shooting at Dayton VA Medical Center. (Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Neil Moore suspected of shooting at Dayton VA Medical Center. (Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The man suspected of a shooting at the Dayton VA Center appear at a federal court Tuesday morning.

Neil Moore, 59 is facing one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime of violence. Both carry a 10 year sentence.

According to an affidavit read in court, Moore, a former VA Center employee, came to a lunchtime card game in the building’s basement to confront a man he believed was was engaging in an inappropriate relationship with his wife and daughter. Moore’s wife and daughter are both employed at the VA Center.

Moore pointed a .38 caliber revolver and said “don’t mess with my family.”

The affidavit states that someone lunged at Moore in an effort to disarm him and three shots were fired. One shot struck 61-year-old Paul Burnside in the ankle.

Moore then got into a elevator to the first floor where he pointed the gun at another person.

Moore then went to his sister’s house, who drove him to Good Samaritan Hospital. He was taken into custody at the hospital where he said he was seeking psychiatric treatment.

Moore said he did not intend to shoot anyone, he just was to intimidate and punch the man he confronted while holding him at gunpoint.

Moore appeared without an attorney and said he understands the charges and his rights.

His next hearing is scheduled for May 9.

Prosecutors said they will present the case to a grand jury. 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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