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Report: Carson Hospital Shooting Failed Murder-Suicide Attempt

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A newly released police report shows Sunday's shooting at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center was the result of a failed murder-suicide attempt.

The shooting happened at 11:30 a.m. on the third floor of the hospital where the alleged shooter, identified as 88-year old William Dresser, walked into his wife's room, where she was alone, and shot her in the chest with a handgun.

The police document, released on Monday, says Dresser told an officer that his wife had been in an undisclosed accident two weeks ago and became paralyzed. It goes on to say that Dresser said his wife did not wish to live anymore and that's why he brought the gun to the hospital loaded with four bullets - two for her, and two for him.

The report states that the gun jammed after the first shot was fired.

Correctional officers were safeguarding another patient just a few doors away when the shooting happened, and they are credited for helping subdue Dresser.

The hospital was on lockdown for about two hours while officers investigated. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong told us Sunday that none of the other three patients were threatened and hospital staff made sure they were as safe.

Dresser's wife was flown by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

Meanwhile, Dresser was booked at the Carson City Jail on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon where he currently remains under suicide watch.

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