DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Walter Reed Hospital suspended its operations after a scare caused a lockdown on Monday.
The major military facility near DC was ordered to shelter in place after reports of gunfire.
And that has 2 NEWS digging deeper into the security of Dayton’s VA Medical Center, after having experience not just a scare but a shooting.
More than a year ago, a retired employee, Neil Moore walked into the medical center with a gun. Officials believe he came with a mission and a target.
There were no deaths, but a man was seriously injured. The shooting highlighted the need to improve some security measures.
We checked in to see just how our medical center works to maintain security.
In matter of moments, Moore tested whether the Dayton VA medical center was safe and if it was prepared for a shooting at its facility. A majority of witnesses we spoke with then described chaos.
Our 2 NEWS investigation later revealed some issues with the medical center’s response., like emails being sent out to staff and patients nearly 15 to 25 minutes after the shooting.
Local V.A. officials say they believe their performance was outstanding. They say the medical center’s police force has active shooting training four times a year.
Additionally, officials say this was a targeted shooting, not an active shooting. Still, they reviewed their tactics and found ways to improve.
One issue discovered was when a lockdown was activated and some doors couldn’t be locked. Officials say now all doors will and can be locked during an emergency.
During the shooting, not everyone could hear the P.A. system’s warning. Local V.A. authorities tell me they’ve since developed a new system that uses the fire alarm.
As for the medical center’s police force, 2 NEWS learned they’ve had live training drills in multiple V-A buildings.
Officers have also received new equipment and now all new V.A. employees have active shooter training.
Officials say each step is another way to keep their facility safe and prepared for whatever may come.