May 26th, 2016

88-year-old man shoots wife at hospital

William Dresser
William Dresser

A woman is in a life-threatening condition at a Nevada hospital after she was shot by her 88-year-old husband.

Carson City sheriff Ken Furlong said William Dresser was arrested after firing one shot at the woman with a handgun on the third floor of Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Centre.

She was transferred to Renown Regional Medical Centre in Reno.

The Montreal Gazette reports that Dresser, who recently bought the gun, came to his wife's room in the rehabilitation ward, where she was alone, and shot her in the chest, Furlong said.

No details of why she was admitted to the hospital were released, but officials don't suspect foul play.

Hospital security personnel and state Department of Corrections officials at the scene quickly detained the man until sheriff's deputies arrived.

The Carson City hospital issued a statement saying the shooting was "a targeted situation" that prompted a two-hour lockdown of the facility.

The shooting comes nearly a month after a gunman walked into a medical facility next to the Reno hospital and killed one doctor and shot another before committing suicide.