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A VA Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, was evacuated after reports of an “active shooter” and that shots were fired inside the medical center, reports ABC 22/Fox 45. According to the Dayton Daily News, the first 911 call about the incident came at about 12:15 p.m. The gunfire erupted in a break room in the hospital. The suspect has been named as Neil Moore, a retired VA employee.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Suspect is in Custody
Scanner reports described the suspect as a black male wearing Marine insignia and armed with a revolver. Local media report that FBI were seen searching around the hospital grounds for the suspect. Just under an hour after the attack, ABC22 reported that the suspect was taken into custody. The station says that he was taken to the ER of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. He is now in custody at Montgomery County Jail.
2. A Man Was Shot
WMOH reports that one person has non-life threatening injuries in relation to the shooting. The building was being locked down. At 12:41 p.m., the hospital posted on Facebook that there would be no more appointments for May 5. The victim is being treated at the VA ER.
3. The Hospital is 5 Miles West of Dayton
The hospital is located at 4100 West 3rd Street in Dayton. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office blocked off roads around the hospital. The Dayton Daily News reports that some employees were locked down in offices while others were evacuated. Cops were performing a room-to-room search for the gunman. Lori Walker, who works in the hospital’s mental health area, said that the area was put on a “code silver” alert requiring all offices to be locked.
4. There Are Nearly 500 Beds in the Hospital
According to the center’s official website, there are 467 beds in the hospital. They primarily caring for nursing home patients.
5. The Suspect Fled the Building
There were initial reports that the suspect fled the hospital. He was arrested and taken to a separate hospital about four miles from the VA facility. WHIO reports that the suspect was taken to the hospital by his sister.
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