Dayton VA shooting suspect charged in federal court

Photo provided by Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Photo provided by Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - A Trotwood, Ohio man is being held without bond following a shooting Monday afternoon at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, injuring an employee and prompting a facility-wide lockdown.

Neil Moore, 59, was charged in the U.S. District Court of Dayton with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of using a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

Moore is accused of shooting an employee with a .38 caliber revolver after confronting him in the basement of a building at the medical center.

A federal court affidavit said that during a struggle with employees, the handgun went off multiple times and one shot hit the employee. Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl has said the victim, identified as Paul Burnside, was hit in the ankle and expected to recover.

According to the complaint, Moore fled the scene after the shooting and pointed a handgun at another person he encountered in the elevator.

Biehl also has said Moore went to nearby Good Samaritan Hospital and reportedly asked for psychiatric help. He was located and arrested by police about 30 minutes after the shooting.

Moore appeared before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington Tuesday for an initial court appearance.

A detention hearing is scheduled for May 9 followed by a preliminary hearing on May 20.

If convicted, Moore faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $500,000.

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