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Suspect identified after woman shot, killed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

  • Hanover EMT Jeremy LaBombard helps a patient who was evacuated due to an active-shooter lockdown during his treatment at the main entrance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus in Lebanon on Tuesday. Valley News

  • Hartford, Lebanon and State Police officers sweep a parking lot on the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center campus for signs of unusual activity following a shooting at the hospital.

  • New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald speaks at a news conference in Lebanon, N.H., about an active shooter incident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Sept. 12, 2017. A family member shot and killed a 70-year-old female patient in the Intensive Care Unit earlier in the afternoon. From left are Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello, John Kacavas, chief legal officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, MacDonald, Ed Merrens, chief medical officer at D-H and New Hampshire State Police Col. Christopher Wagner. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

  • At the intersection of LaHaye Drive and Mount Support Road in Lebanon, N.H., authorities cordon off the Ford Escape SUV driven by a suspect in an active shooting incident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Sept. 12, 2017. A family member shot and killed a 70-year-old female patient in the Intensive Care Unit earlier in the afternoon. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

  • At the intersection of LaHaye Drive and Mount Support Road in Lebanon, N.H., authorities cordon offthe Ford Escape SUV driven by a suspect in an active shooting incident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Sept. 12, 2017. A family member shot and killed a 70-year-old female patient in the Intensive Care Unit earlier in the afternoon. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck



Valley News
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lebanon — One person was killed in a shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center this afternoon and the alleged shooter, a member of the victim’s family, is in custody.

Authorities have identified the suspect as Travis Frink, 49, of Warwick, R.I.

Police say he shot his and killed his mother, Pamela Ferriere, 70, of Groton, N.H., in one of the medical center’s intensive care units.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said the incident is over and there is no longer any threat to the public.

At an earlier news conference, John P. Kacavas, DHMC’s chief legal officer, said the medical center’s emergency department and intensive care units were back open.

The suspect was apprehended at 2:57 p.m., police said. Witnesses said police pulled a man out of a silver Ford Escape at the corner of Lahaye Drive and Mount Support Road, just south of the DHMC campus. The man was taken away in a police cruiser and caution tape was put up around the car.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Lebanon police and New Hampshire State Police were actively sweeping the hospital campus, including checking under and around cars in the parking lot. Outside the administration building, where officials had established an incident command post, hospital employees asked when they would be able to return to work. “They’re literally going from room to room to make sure that this is an isolated incident like we believe it is,” Lebanon police Capt. Timothy Cohen said.

Cohen participated in a 2014 active shooter drill at the medical center. “A thing like this is invaluable,” Cohen said at the time. “Unfortunately, it’s a necessity in today’s society. Not just in Lebanon, but anywhere. ... Nobody is necessarily exempt from this.”

The medical center went into lockdown shortly after 2 p.m. following reports of an active shooter in the level 4 south intensive care unit. An alert sent to DHMC employees warned that they should shelter in place, while others evacuated to the administration buildings on the east side of campus close to Route 120.

At about the same time, police were told to be on the lookout for a gray Ford with Rhode Island plates. The DHMC alert said police were looking for a 6-foot-1-inch male with salt-and-pepper blond hair and wearing a red camouflage shirt. He was believed to be carrying a camouflage backpack as well.

Hanover High School was locked down as a precaution, according to Principal Justin Campbell. Lebanon High School, Hanover Street Elementary School, the Carter Community Building Association and portions of the Centerra Resource Park also were locked down, parents and employees reported.

Jean Fay, a cardio tech at the hospital, said she was in the middle of an exam and didn’t hear an alarm.

“Someone knocked on the door and said, ‘there’s an active shooter and you need to get out now.’ ”

Fay said she got her patient dressed and walked the patient to Mount Support Road, where they were picked up by her husband.

“I saw nothing,” she said. “All is know is I’ve worked here for 33 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened.”

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said the Hampshire Department of Justice and the New Hampshire State Police are investigating the incident. Vermont State Police are assisting with the investigation, according to a news release.

Posted at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. Updated at 2:53 p.m., 2:59 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 3:54 p.m., 4:09 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. This is a developing story. More information will be added as it is verified. Find a complete report in Wednesday’s Valley News.





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