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Man charged in Ohio veterans hospital shooting



CINCINNATI (AP) - A man accused of a shooting at a veterans hospital said he intended to intimidate former co-workers he believed were having inappropriate relationships with his wife and daughter, according to court documents.

One person was shot in the ankle when Neil Moore's gun went off in a hospital break room, authorities said.

Moore, 59, of Trotwood, was charged Tuesday in Dayton with single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime. It was not immediately known whether he had an attorney.

Investigators said Moore entered a room where several people were playing cards and pointed a revolver at them saying something like, "Don't mess with my family."

Authorities said one of the card game participants lunged at Moore, knocking his .38-caliber revolver. The gun went off at least three times, striking another man in the lower leg, investigators said.

Moore then went to an elevator, where he pointed the revolver at another person before fleeing the building, according to court documents.

Moore then drove his pickup truck to his sister's Trotwood home and she drove him to a hospital in Dayton for medical evaluation, authorities said. Moore was taken into custody at the hospital.

Moore, a former employee at the VA hospital, told police that he regularly participated in a card game with co-workers when he worked there. He said he went to the hospital Monday intending to brandish the handgun to intimidate two former co-workers he believed were involved in relationships with his wife and daughter, who reportedly still work at the hospital, authorities said.

He intended to "hold the ex-co-workers at gunpoint while he punched them with his right hand," according to court documents.

Police identified the wounded man as Paul Burnside, 61, a housekeeping aide.

Burnside's daughter, Shirneal Burnside, 16, said outside his house Monday that her sister called to tell her about the shooting, but she had few details.

"It's just crazy that people do such things," she said. Shirneal Burnside would not provide a phone number for her or her father and there was no phone listing immediately available Tuesday.

Moore's sister-in-law, Stephanie Brooks, told reporters outside the family's home in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood on Monday that the family was devastated. "We're all confused and we're trying to find out what has happened," she said.

The hospital complex has beds for about 450 people and provides veterans with medical, mental health and nursing home care. It doesn't have metal detectors at its entrances, but it does have its own security force.

Each of the counts against Moore carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a possible fine of up to $250,000.

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retpo96 May 07 2014 at 6:06 AM

Another good guy with a gun gone awry.I Got a gun; i can make things right!

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plewdawg retpo96 May 07 2014 at 7:11 AM

See you still do not have it right! If there had been a person with a gun there that took this liberal retard out, THAT is the good guy with a gun. And isn't this Vet Hospital another one of those federal buildings that have metal detectors, armed security and BIG AZZ SIGNS that read GUN FREE ZONE? Where have we seen that before?.....Oh yeah, Newtown

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Mitch plewdawg May 07 2014 at 7:18 AM

Did Newtown have metal detectors, armed security and big signs? I don't think so. It was a nice elementary school in a nice suburb. It wasn't a federal building at all.

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clb45para retpo96 May 07 2014 at 7:45 AM

Or a bad man with a penis gone awry. I got a penis, I can have any woman I want. Penis's have caused an awful lot of trouble in this world.

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GUNSLINGER clb45para May 07 2014 at 8:54 AM

Behind every Penis, is a raging Vagina!!!!!

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allnightradioman May 06 2014 at 4:08 PM

Hospitals kills people all the time, so whats the big news here?

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savannahswithgod allnightradioman May 06 2014 at 7:04 PM

From that news I would venture get the Hell out of the hospital.

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flick78 May 06 2014 at 4:14 PM

there is a certain "element" that is destroying our inner cities. A real shame that you are not even safe while in the hospital.

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mpdive12 May 06 2014 at 4:20 PM

There goes another NRA victory

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mpdive12 May 06 2014 at 4:21 PM

What did an Obama supporter do now?

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silveriemoone May 06 2014 at 4:29 PM

"Moore, a former employee at the VA hospital, told police that he regularly participated in a card game with co-workers when he worked there."

Why are people playing cards at work?

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ds6342 May 06 2014 at 4:35 PM

Americans have no one to blame but themselves for all of the gun violence. We vote for the pond scum legislators that are on the take from the NRA (as well as more special interest groups then we can count) and we wonder why everyone's blowing each other's brains out. When tourists and businesses cancel their trips here as the violence escalates, then things will change as this country is all about money. There's a big difference between the right to bear arms as opposed to the right for any crazy to get one.

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GENEVAOHMAN48 ds6342 May 06 2014 at 5:19 PM

ds
no one is on the take from the nra if you look at the so called constitutin whats left of it you will see all they are doing making sure the second amendent still stays intact are you one of those damn liberals

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donhotchkiss5 ds6342 May 06 2014 at 6:19 PM

Amen

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alspoolhall May 06 2014 at 4:47 PM

If this man had mental problems, thinking his co-workers were messing with his wife and daughter, then why was he free to roam about and have a gun? Didn't anyone know he was stressed, depressed or in need of help?

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Linda May 06 2014 at 4:49 PM

Oh brother. Big deal for the Internet. (and the NRA haters)

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savannahswithgod Linda May 06 2014 at 6:49 PM

The internets big deal is advertising! The NRA's big deal is there is a Abrams tank coming to take my guns! Oh brother I did not see that, Clooney's alright but not my favorite.

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erv3933 savannahswithgod May 06 2014 at 8:31 PM

Is your life so dull that you spend most of your time commenting? I see your name quite regularly in the comments. Try getting a real life and you might not be so bored.

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irishamerica46 May 06 2014 at 4:50 PM

Metal detectors should be at all hospitals including and especially VA hospitals!

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