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The "Hero" in V.A. Medical Center Shooting Speaks Out
DAYTON - Many are calling him the hero in Monday afternoons shooting at the V.A. Medical Center and now Paul Burnside, 61, is speaking with ABC 22/FOX 45 reporter Wale Aliyu.
"That keeps flashing through my mind," said Burnside. "The gun and the two shots. That's all I hear."
Sitting back in his chair with his cast covered leg propped up on a pillow, Paul Burnside recalls his routine card game at the VA Medical Center Monday over a lunch-break that lasted a little too long.
"We were just about to quit because we go back to lunch at 12 and I looked at the clock and it was three minutes until 12 and Neil walked in," said Burnside. I noticed he had a gun but I thought it was a play gun."
Burnside 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. But this time Moore wasn't coming to play.
"He said don't mess with his family and he was looking different like something was bothering him," said Burnside. "Another guy grabbed him and the first shot went up to the ceiling. When I heard that I realized it wasn't a play gun. So I got up and I was going to help Rick get the gun away from him and when they fell back against the wall, the second shot went out and that's what hit me in the leg. I fell to the floor and the next thing I know I was in the room by myself. Everybody had left."
Before Burnside fell to the floor, the room scattered. Moore also hurried out of the hospital and was arrested later that day. The VA already considered him a hero since he served in the army, and now there's no denying it.
"I don't look at me as no hero," said Burnside. "I would hope somebody would do that for me."
"My brother will never walk the same again," said Burnside's brother Craig Dearing. "We do forgive him, (Moore) all we can do is pray for him so he can get the help he needs."
Doctors told Burnside since the bullet was lodged in his bone, it would do more damage to take it out.
"It could've been worse," said Burnside. "I got one in the leg and it could've been in the stomach or in the chest."
We pointed out Burnside's shirt which read "Luck Has Nothing to do With It."
"Yea, God had a whole lot to do with this," said Burnside.
"We don't believe in luck, we believe in God," said Dearing.
Burnside got home from the hospital Tuesday night. Burnside tells us he will have that cast on for at-least six more weeks. But says even after a day, he's tired of sitting at home and hopes to return to the VA as soon as possible.
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