PHOTOS: Shooting at DHMC


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Eric Francis

One dead as hundreds evacuated

LEBANON, NH - As two helicopters orbited overhead, police from numerous New Hampshire and Vermont agencies responded to help search for the shooter at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon.

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    The 48-year-old suspect was apprehended at the intersection of Mount Support Road and Lahaye Drive as he drove a car with Rhode Island plates out of the hospital complex roughly an hour-and-twenty minutes after he shot and killed a 70-year-old woman in her room in the Intensive Care Unit.

    Authorities have now identified the suspect publicly as Travis Frink of Warwick, Rhode Island and the victim as his mother, Pamela Ferriere of Groton, New Hampshire.

    New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald confirmed that Ferriere was a patient in the ICU at Dartmouth Hitchcock and, although MacDonald did not specify a motive, he told reporters that Frink went to the hospital Tuesday afternoon specifically to kill his mother. 

    The 1:30 p.m. incident prompted the evacuation of hundreds of staff members at DHMC, which employs nearly 6,000 New Hampshire and Vermont residents overall, along with dozens of patients and visitors.

    Numerous employees, alerted by an "active shooter warning" email that was sent out across computers and pagers shortly after 1:30 p.m., barricaded themselves into rooms and laboratories within the complex and waited as police first searched the area for the suspect and then spent a couple of more hours going room-to-room making sure there were no additional victims and securing the crime scene.

    The Emergency Room at DHMC reopened around 6 p.m. and began receiving patients as the situation stabilized and life inside the billion-dollar medical facility, which is New Hampshire's largest hospital, began returning to normal.

Several heavily armed tactical teams made up of local and state police forces searched the DHMC campus

        Police set up a command post operation right outside of the North Entrance near the ICU

An armored vehicle from the Keene, NH Police Department's SWAT Team rolls in

Reporters, photographers, news vans and helicopters from as far as Boston came to cover the situation

       Visitors and employees alike had to evacuate.  Many spent hours waiting in nearby parking lots.    

Police froze traffic into and out of the hospital at several entrances and shut down nearby Route 120 for a period of time.

             Dozens of New Hampshire state police troopers responded in cruisers and unmarked cars.

Employees waited outside in the park-like environment finding benches and even a pedestrian bridge in the shade

Police spotted the suspect in a car with Rhode Island plates at the intersection of Mount Support Road and Lahaye Drive

Witnesses said police pulled the shooter from the small silver Ford Escape and quickly took him into custody

Although the situation was declared under control about 80 minutes after it began, police still had to search the complex.

Police wanted to be sure there were no additional victims and to secure any evidence the shooter may have left inside.

Dozens of Vermont State Police troopers were at DHMC, in a staging area at the weigh station on I-89, and patroling I-91 looking for the suspect's vehicle 

New Hampshire's Major Crimes Unit's crime scene processing truck arrives on the scene.

Police units responded from as far away as Keene.

Investigators took photos of the suspect's car on Lahaye Drive before having it put on a flat bed tow truck to be taken for a search of its contents back at the police station.

Vermont News can be contacted at vermontnews802@gmail.com

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