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Some Agencies Not Notified of VA Active Shooter, Officials Reviewing

DAYTON -- Dayton Veterans Affairs officials are reviewing Monday's response to an active shooter on its campus.
 
"It's an open facility so you're going to have these things, it's like going to the mall or any place else," said Graham Lawson, who is a veteran and has been volunteering at the Dayton VA for years.

"I was just thankful that there weren't any fatalities and that anyone wasn't killed, but I'm comfortable with what the VA does and their response was what I expected. The situation wasn't expected, but at least their response," Lawson said.

The response is something Dayton VA security is now reviewing.

"I don't understand how he got away from the VA and they have their own police force up there," said Craig Dearing, the brother of the victim in Monday's shooting.

"Any time there's an incident, small or big, one of the things we do is get together and say what worked and where do we have room for improvement, and certainly that's a process we're going through right now," said Ted Froats, public information officer with the Dayton VA.

Overall, officials are happy with the response. They broadcast the threat of an active shooter to the main VA hospital and other VA buildings and sent out an e-mail to all employees. And those who are signed up for one got a text message alert.

The message said, "Active shooter, lock down until further instruction from the police," explained Froats.

But a handful of unaffiliated organizations on campus got no alert. Police had to go door-to-door to inform them, and the VA is looking to add them to future alerts.

"That is absolutely something we are going to institute. That's one of the first things we realized and one of the things we need to do. Very high priority, we want to make sure it's not just our own staff, employees and patients are safe but of course the entire campus," Froats said.

For those who come here often, they say this incident is already far from their mind.

"These things are gonna happen, unfortunately it happened here," Lawson said.

 
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