It is the second shooting in a Reno-area hospital in recent weeks.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — An 88-year-old man is in jail on a suicide watch after he was accused of opening fire at a Carson City hospital and critically wounding his wife, authorities said.
William Dresser, 88, entered the hospital at about 11:20 a.m. PT Sunday and proceeded to the third floor. He shot his wife once in the chest before corrections officers, who were on the same floor, subdued him. He was placed under citizen's arrest until deputies arrived shortly afterward, 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."
Dresser later told Deputy Donald Gibson that his wife had an accident two weeks ago that left her paralyzed, according to a Carson City Sheriff's Office declaration of probable cause report obtained Monday. He told the deputy that he arrived at the hospital with a gun and four bullets, "two for his wife and two for him."
Dresser and his wife had been married 63 years, he told Gibson.
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.
Apparently, the gun jammed after the first shot, Dresser told the deputy after he was arrested.
"He told me he failed to complete his mission and that was to kill his wife and then himself because his wife did not wish to live anymore," Gibson said in the report.
Carson Tahoe Hospital was placed on lockdown for two hours following the shooting. It reopened at 1:45 p.m., Furlong said, and normal business operations resumed 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."
Dresser was booked at the Carson City jail on a charge of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, with an elderly enhancement. Bail was set at $225,000, Furlong said 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 and wounded Dr. Christine Lajeunesse and Shawntae Spears. The 51-year-old shooter then killed himself.
Contributing: The Associated Press