Man shot at Ohio VA hospital thought gun was toy

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Associated Press

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 5:07 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An employee shot in the ankle at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Ohio says he initially thought the retired co-worker charged in the shooting had a toy gun and came there to play cards.

But shooting victim Paul Burnside, 61, of Dayton, said suspect Neil Moore then said that: "I don't want you all messing with my family," the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1jjZ5oR) reported.

One of six people in the break room pushed up Moore's hand that was holding the gun, and a shot was fired into the ceiling, Burnside told the newspaper.

"When the first shot went off, that's when I knew it wasn't a toy gun," Burnside said. He said an employee held one of Moore's arms and Burnside grabbed the other arm, with a second shot striking Burnside.

Federal authorities have said Burnside wasn't a target of Moore's attention, and Burnside said he didn't know who Moore intended to warn.

Burnside couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. His telephone listings are disconnected.

Moore, 59, of Trotwood, was a former hospital housekeeping aide. He is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a deadly weapon during commission of a crime of violence. His attorney didn't return calls.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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