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September 12, 2014

Dayton Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting at VA Medical Center

CDAYTON, OH—Neil Richard Moore, 59, of Trotwood, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Moore admitted to shooting an individual at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton on May 5, 2014.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kevin Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office (FBI), Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl and Glenn Costie, Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced Moore’s plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

According to court documents, Moore shot an employee of the VAMC with a .38 caliber revolver after confronting him in the basement of a building at the medical center. During a struggle with employees, the handgun discharged multiple times with one shot striking the victim in the leg. Moore then allegedly fled the scene in an elevator where he encountered another individual and pointed the handgun at this person.

Moore faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000. He has agreed to forfeit any firearm or ammunition involved in the crime.

Moore remains in custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on December 12.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the prompt response to the reports of the active shooter to the FBI, Dayton Police and other law enforcement agencies including the VA Police Services, Montgomery County Sheriff Philip Plummer’s Office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, the Five Rivers Metro Parks Police Department, the Good Samaritan Hospital Police, and the Kettering Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dwight Keller and Brent Tabacchi are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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