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VA Medical Center Shooting Victim Called a Hero
DAYTON -- Paul Burnside, 61, and some co-workers were playing a card game Monday in the basement of the VA Medical Center. It was a game Neil Moore, 59, used to also play before he retired in October. When Moore came back to confront some old friends, Burnside jumped into action.
"I asked him what happened and he said that a guy came in with a gun and they were struggling over it," said Burnside's brother Craig Dearing. "Other people ran. If it wasn't for Paul there would be a whole lot of other people wounded or even dead."
Dearing says stepping in was an automatic reaction for Burnside.
"That's just Paul. He doesn't want to see anybody get hurt and he doesn't want to hurt nobody," said Dearing. "He was trying to keep the man from shooting someone else. His military background also helped them out a lot."
But while the ex-soldier was saving others, he took a bullet himself.
"It was lodged into his leg, right under his knee. He said he fell down and the guy took off," said Dearing.
Burnside spent Monday night and Tuesday morning at Miami Valley Hospital. His brother says even though Moore didn't deserve to be shot, his actions were heroic and life-saving.
"Paul is a hero," said Dearing. "Paul saved some lives and I'm really proud of him."
Craig says Moore was not going after Burnside but someone else and that the two don't have any negative history.
"They used to work together in the same department but Paul never, never had any problems with anyone he worked with," said Dearing.
Craig was at the hospital again today with Burnside. He says he's doing better.
Doctors put a cast on his leg and will be releasing him soon.
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