VA responds to shooting alert times

VA Center shooting
Police respond to the report of a shooting at the Dayton VA Center, May 5, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

2 NEWS Investigates is getting answers tonight from the Dayton V-A Medical Center after a shooting there in May.

The initial warning timeline the hospital released to reporters wasn’t accurate, and we obtained the reports to prove it.

The VA sent 2 NEWS investigates a statement Tuesday.

The public affairs specialist admits they sent out a press release that did not give accurate information about when it emailed employees there was a shooter in the hospital.

They say what we originally received was an estimate.

May 6, the day after the shooting, the VA told 2 NEWS investigates employees were notified three ways within ten minutes of the shooting.

A PA announcement, an email and a text message.

But we heard from people who questioned that and found they were right.

Public records prove that wasn’t the VA’s response.

There was no evidence or record a text alert was sent.

Records show emails were sent out 16 minutes and 24 minutes after the shooting, not 10 minutes later, as the VA claimed.

On Tuesday, the VA responded to our findings with a statement.

“The safety of Veterans, their families and staff is the Dayton VA Medical Center’s top priority. When we distributed the press release, we had not yet received an official timeline (exact minute the shooting occurred, etc.) as the police investigation was ongoing. We estimated at the time that employees were notified via all three methods within ten minutes. Now that we have the official time of the shooting, we have learned one part of that estimate was off by six minutes.

As you noted in your story last night, the first notification was made via our public address system within five minutes of the first shot.

The Dayton VA Medical Center provides a safe environment for Veterans, their families and staff.  The safety of our campus was demonstrated during the immediate response by on campus and community law enforcement to the incident.” 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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