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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis VA doctor is in stable condition after a patient turned the knife on them in Tuesday morning stabbing.

Patients at the VA tell WREG the scene was chaotic inside the hospital. They heard a special code over the intercom and knew something wasn’t right. Bob Perry said he was in the cafeteria when he heard the call for help.

“You rarely know what is going,” Perry said. “I could tell by the urgency of the code it was something real bad.”

Other patients told WREG they saw several officers start running. But they weren’t fast enough, because the patient got away.

“The way things are in this day and time I’m not surprised,” added Perry.

He says he usually feels safe inside the hospital, but this incident brings to light a concern he and other patients have noticed in the past; not enough police officers in the hospital.

Police say they are searching the area for the person behind this stabbing. Other patients say many of the people here are under a lot of stress. They say a few extra police eyes around the building could help, but they know they can’t be everywhere at once.

“Every time I’ve needed them they’ve been there,” Perry said.

The Memphis VA Medical Center says it’s cooperating with MPD’s investigation.

The hospital also said in a statement it “takes the safety and well-being of its patients, visitors and staff very seriously and we will continue to work diligently to provide a safe environment for Veterans and employees.”