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Identity Known of Man Who Shot Self in Front of VA Hospital

Posted April 5, 2007 8:36 p.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2007 9:55 p.m. EDT

— WRAL has learned the identity of a man who committed suicide in front of Fayetteville's VA hospital earlier this week.

Harold J. Nealey, 59, of Chadbourne, N.C., drove onto the property of the VA Medical Center grounds, got out of his pickup truck and shot himself in the chest on Tuesday.

Hospital staff refuse to say if Nealey was a patient there, but funeral directors confirm he was a veteran.

Nealey, who went by the nickname "Rusty," leaves behind two sons, four brothers and two sisters.