An employee of the Dayton Ohio VA Center was shot by a former employee Monday May 5. The shooter, Neil Moore, gained access to a basement area break room of the main building and assaulted employee Paul Burnside. As reported by WDTN, Channel 2 News, Burnside actually struggled with the suspect for control of the gun. Burnside was shot in the ankle and was treated for the non-life threatening injury.
The suspect fled the scene, leaving the VA Center, located at 4100 W. Third St on the west side of Dayton. He was arrested at Good Samaritan Hospital, located just a few miles away from the VA. Moore arrived at Good Samaritan seeking “psychiatric services,” according to CNN, who quoted Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.
The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear, although it is believed that Moore, who recently retired from employment with the Dayton VA, specifically sought out Mr. Burnside.
Although it was believed early on that Moore was the only shooter, the VA was evacuated, locked down and a room-by-room search was conducted. Veterans in need of care were urged to seek treatment at the emergency rooms of other Dayton hospitals.
Glenn Costie, CEO of the Dayton VA praised the quick action of his staff and Congressman Mike Turner stated in a press release that he was “deeply troubled” by the shooting. He sent well-wishes to the victim and his family and also praised the VA staff and first responders for their prompt action to ensure the safety of employees and veterans.
The charges against Mr. Moore are pending.