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Ohio VA hospital rethinks security after shooting

Hospital Safety Insider, May 15, 2014

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Officials for the Department of Veterans Affairs are reviewing safety protocols in VA hospitals after a break room scuffle over a gun at a Dayton, Ohio veteran’s hospital led to the shooting of a housekeeping employee, and the arrest of retired worker last Monday, May 5, according to The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
 
The victim, 61-year-old Paul Burnside, was shot once in the ankle, according to reports. The suspect, Neil Moore, 59, was taken into custody after seeking psychiatric treatment at a different hospital a few miles away. Reports said Moore worked in housekeeping at the hospital for 27 years before retiring last October.
 
The Journal Gazette reports that authorities haven’t said how Moore got the gun into the hospital, which has its own security force but has not set up metal detectors at entrances. Security badges apparently aren’t required to enter the area where the shooting occurred. The center is reportedly updating its security cameras, and metal detectors could be among possibilities discussed as officials determine whether changes are needed, the paper quotes VA authorities as saying.
 
Reports say the shooting occurred during the lunch hour in the basement of the hospital's main building in a service and operations area where some employees were playing cards. Moore was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a deadly weapon during commission of a violent crime, the paper said.



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