DAYTON — A man charged in a shooting at a Veterans Affairs hospital suffers from mental illness, his attorney told a federal court on Friday.
Meanwhile, emergency calls indicate a relatively calm response to Monday’s attack, which wounded one man at the Dayton hospital.
Neil Moore, 59, is charged with an assault count and a weapons count. His attorney, Frank Malocu, told a federal magistrate he believes Moore’s mental illness can be controlled with treatment, and he asked for home detention with electronic monitoring.
But the magistrate ordered Moore detained without bail pending trial.
Malocu would not provide details of the illness when asked by a reporter.
Federal prosecutor Dwight Keller said the government believes keeping Moore in jail is necessary for public safety.
Authorities say Moore pointed a gun at people in a break room at the VA hospital and an employee was shot in the ankle in a struggle.
In a 911 call released on Friday, a VA police officer tells a dispatcher of an “active shooter” situation.
“We’re trying to find him,” the officer says. “I’ve got both units, actually three units that are looking for him.”
The officer also requests an ambulance for the victim.
In another call, the father of a doctor at the hospital says his daughter had been told someone had a gun there and she wanted to know whether it was safe.
“She’s locked in her office. She’s eight months pregnant,” he says. “She’s not very mobile. … She just needs to know that someone has this situation under control and she can come out of the office.”