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1 employee hurt in Ohio VA hospital shooting

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 2:31 p.m. CDT
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People watch police officials as they wait outside a Veterans Affairs hospital after they were evacuated, Monday, May 5, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. A city official says a suspect is in police custody after a shooting at the Veterans Affairs hospital that left one person with a minor injury.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Veterans Affairs hospital employee and a retired worker were struggling over a gun in an employee break room Monday when the firearm went off, leading to the employee's shooting and the retiree's arrest, police said.

The victim, a 61-year-old man, was shot in the ankle, said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. The 59-year-old suspect, Neil Moore, was taken into custody after seeking treatment at a different hospital a few miles away, Biehl said.

The suspect and victim apparently knew each other, but it was too soon to determine what led to the shooting, Biehl said.

It happened during the lunch hour in the basement of the hospital's main building.

The shooting caused a lockdown at the hospital as FBI agents searched the complex. Authorities also blocked roads leading to the hospital complex.

The clinic said scheduled appointments were on hold, citing "a current developing situation."

The center has beds for about 450 people and provides veterans with medical, mental health and nursing home care.

Four years ago, an Iraq War Army veteran wearing military fatigues fatally shot himself at a monument to soldiers outside the same hospital. The man, Jesse C. Huff, had been a patient there. He had been wounded by an explosive device in Iraq.

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