A suspect in the Dayton VA hospital shooting is reportedly now in custody at an area hospital.
The shooting at the Ohio Veterans Administration campus occurred approximately one hour ago. According to scanner traffic reviewed by Fox 45 Now, there was at least one victim and a hunt quickly ensued for the suspect.
The Dayton and Montgomery County SWAT teams were immediately deployed to the Dayton VA campus. The shooter, as described on the 911 call, was a black male wearing a black jacket with a US Marine Corps insignia. The alleged shooter entered the Ohio VA hospital with a revolver in hand.
Nicole Greg was on the scene at the Dayton VA hospital and reported that an evacuation was underway. If breaking news reports are accurate, Montgomery County law enforcement officers quickly ascertained the identity of the suspect and went to his home on Shadowbrook Drive, in nearby Trotwood. A vehicle believed to belong to the VA hospital shooting suspect was identified as a taupe 2008 GMC Silverado.
A woman inside the Dayton VA hospital told members of the local media that she was on her way to the cafeteria when a police officer told her to leave the building because an active shooting was taking place. A Cleveland VA staffer, at the Dayton facility for a meeting, told the media that a man entered the lobby of the VA hospital and pulled out a gun.
The Veterans Administration hospital in Dayton is located at 4100 West 3rd Street. Police officers put the entire center on lockdown and embarked on a room-by-room search after being alerted about an armed man. Dayton law enforcement officers have revealed that one person injured and multiple shots were fired inside the facility.
Mental health staffer Lori Walker told WHIO News that they were placed on a “code silver” alert and all officers were locked down. Just a few moments after the lockdown was initiated, an evacuation led by local police officers began. Walker said she did not hear any gunfire in her section of the building.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies blocked all roads leading into the Dayton VA hospital and searched beneath all vehicles in the parking lot during the hunt for the shooting suspect. A message on the Veterans Administration facility’s Facebook page notes that all scheduled appointments are on hold and cites a “current developing situation” as the cause of the delay.
The suspect was reportedly taken to the emergency room at nearby Good Samaritan Hospital, according to Dayton VA hospital shooting updates on WACH News.
There are currently no details about the injuries to the alleged Dayton VA hospital shooter or information about any victims. Please check back with The Inquisir for update about this breaking news story.
[Image Via: Dayton Daily News]