SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) _ An 83-year-old patient shot and wounded a doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital before being killed by police.

Johnny Reid, who had been brought to W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center on an involuntary mental commitment order, was being examined by Dr. Charles Flynn on Thursday when Reid pulled out a small-caliber handgun, police said.

Flynn was shot once in the chest, authorities said. Another physician and two nurses escaped and called for the hospital's police.

Salisbury Police Deputy Chief Mark Wilhelm said Reid shot at the officers, who fired back and killed him.

Flynn, 42, was flown to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was in serious condition Friday.