Attorney: Suspect In VA Shooting Is Mentally Ill

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a man charged in a shooting at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Ohio says his client suffers from mental illness.

The attorney for 59-year-old Neil Moore told a federal magistrate Friday in Dayton that he believes Moore’s illness can be controlled with treatment. Attorney Frank Malocu (muh-LOOK’) asked for home detention with electronic monitoring.

Malocu wouldn’t provide details of the illness.

But the magistrate ordered Moore detained without bail pending trial.

Federal prosecutor Dwight Keller says 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 Dayton VA on Monday and an employee was shot in the ankle in a struggle.

Moore is charged with an assault count and a weapons count.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News,

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