The entrance to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center following a shooting on the hospital's third floor. (photo credit: Marcella Corona/Reno Gazette-Journal)
By Marcella Corona, Reno Gazette-Journal
CARSON CITY, Nev. - An 88-year-old man is in jail on a suicide watch after he was arrested for allegedly opening fire at a Carson City hospital Sunday and critically wounding his wife, authorities said.
William Dresser, 88, entered the hospital at about 11:20 a.m. and proceeded to the third floor. He shot the female victim once in the chest before correction officers, who were on the same floor, subdued him. He was placed under citizen's arrest until deputies arrived shortly after, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.
"They took action to prevent this incident from escalating," he said. "So it was very quickly brought under control."
The woman's injuries are considered life-threatening, and she was transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Furlong said. Her name and age were not immediately released.
Hospital security removed a .22 caliber handgun from Dresser and held him down until authorities arrived, said Mike Hendi, ESI Security Services chief executive officer.
Carson Tahoe was placed on lockdown for two hours following the shooting. It reopened at 1:45 p.m., Furlong said, and normal business operations will resume Monday.
"At that time we didn't believe any other patients or staffs were in jeopardy," he said.
The hospital issued a statement after the lockdown was lifted: "We are grateful to our first responders and on-site staff who acted quickly and efficiently during this tragic event."
Furlong said he expects the Carson City District Attorney's Office to file charges against Dresser Monday.
Sunday's shooting is the second to take place on the campus of an area hospital in recent weeks.
On Dec. 17, Alan Oliver Frazier opened fire in a medical office on the Renown Regional Medical Center campus in Reno.
Frazier killed one person and wounded two more before turning the gun on himself in the Urology Nevada offices on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine.
At the time, Reno police Lt. William Rulla said Frazier "had had surgery in 2010 and claimed he was having adverse symptoms due to the surgery." Physicians at Urology Nevada performed the surgery.
Frazier killed Dr. Garo Gholdoian, wounded Dr. Christine Lajeunesse and Shawntae Spears. The 51-year-old shooter then killed himself.
Contributing: The Associated Press