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Man asked stepdad to leave hospital room, then shot mom four times, police say

  • This booking photo provided by the Lebanon Police Department shows Travis Frink on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Frink is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, whom he shot on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Frink was arraigned Wednesday. (Lebanon Police Department via AP)

  • A suspect in an active shooter incident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was pulled from a grey Ford Escape at the intersection of LaHaye Drive and Mount Support Road in Lebanon, N.H., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The Lebanon Department of Public Safety confirmed that someone was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. following reports of an active shooter at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. (Jennifer Hauck/The Valley News via AP) Jennifer Hauck

  • Travis Frink, of Warwick, Rhode Island, stands with his attorney, Public Defender Rebecca McKinnon, during his arraignment in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Frink is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, whom he shot on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. (Jennifer Hauck /The Valley News via AP, Pool) Jennifer Hauck

  • Travis Frink of Warwick, Rhode Island, stands with his attorney, Public Defender Rebecca McKinnon, during his arraignment in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill on Sept. 13, 2017. Frink, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Valley News

  • First responders, doctors, staff, patients, their family members and others wait near the main entrance of Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center during an active shooter incident on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the medical center in Lebanon, N.H. A family member shot and killed a 70-year-old female patient in the Intensive Care Unit earlier in the afternoon. (Charles Hatcher/The Valley News via AP) Charles Hatcher

  • 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. (Jennifer Hauck/The Valley News via AP) Jennifer Hauck

  • First responders and Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center staff help a patient onto an evacuating bus during an active shooter incident on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the medical center in Lebanon, N.H. A family member shot and killed a 70-year-old female patient in the Intensive Care Unit earlier in the afternoon. (Charles Hatcher/The Valley News via AP) Charles Hatcher



Associated Press
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A man charged with killing his 70-year-old mother in a hospital intensive care unit asked his stepfather to leave the room so they could be alone and then pulled out a gun and fired several times, according to a police complaint released Wednesday.

Travis Frink of Warwick, R.I., pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his mother, Pamela Ferriere. He was being held without bail.

Ferriere, of Groton, was fatally shot Tuesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where she was being treated for an aneurysm. She was shot four times in the chest, abdomen and pelvis and died from blood loss, according to her autopsy. She had been scheduled to be released from the hospital Friday.

Frink, 48, was handcuffed and said nothing during a brief arraignment Wednesday in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill.

Prosecutor Jane Young asked that Frink have no contact with his stepfather, Bob Ferriere, who told police he saw Frink shoot her. Defense lawyer Rebecca McKinnon agreed to the request. She declined to comment afterward.

A police affidavit says Frink told officers he went to the hospital to kill his mother. No reason or motive was given.

“Who shoots their mother? Who does that?” said Patti Oakley, a neighbor of the Ferrieres’. She said her heart broke when she heard the news.

The town of Groton put out a statement saying Pamela Ferriere was active in town government and in her local church, and she enjoyed gardening and biking with her husband. Oakley said she loved to bake Halloween cookies for children.

“Pam will be missed, but we know she is with her Lord and Savior,” the town said. “She was looking to be home from the hospital soon and back to her home that she and Bob shared and to her normal activities.”

When Frink went to visit her Tuesday, Bob Ferriere was in the room and Frink asked to spend some time alone with his mother, authorities said.

Ferriere asked his wife if that was okay and she indicated yes, the affidavit said. As he was leaving the room, he heard her shout or scream, then turned and saw Frink pointing a gun at her, the affidavit said. After several shots were fired, Frink walked out of the room without saying anything, Ferriere told police.

Pamela Ferriere’s nurse called 911, saying a visitor had pulled out a black handgun, according to reports. When she saw the gun, the nurse ran and took shelter in a different room. She then heard two gunshots, followed by screams.

The hospital, New Hampshire’s largest, was then placed on lockdown.

When asked about the shooting Wednesday morning by the Associated Press, Bob Ferriere said he had no idea why it happened. “I’m not a mind reader,” he said, before hanging up.

Frink was detained as he tried to leave the grounds of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, authorities said.

The affidavit said Frink also visited his mother earlier in her hospital stay. The nurse who called 911 told police she had been his mother’s nurse for the past two weeks.

In 2013, Frink’s ex-wife and her 3-year-old son were found dead inside a running car at an apartment complex in Rhode Island.

Police said that when officers opened the door of the running car with fogged windows, they found the inside of the vehicle very hot and smelling of alcohol and vomit. Officials said the body of Kathleen Frink was found in the driver’s seat and the body of her son was found on the floor in the back of the car.

Police at the time aid they ruled out foul play and suspected alcohol played a role.

Frink’s Facebook page shows he got engaged last December. His LinkedIn page includes a long list of experience in computer systems administration and technical support jobs in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Messages left with the company listed as his current employer weren’t immediately returned.

Several of Frink’s neighbors in Warwick said he mostly kept to himself.

Tuesday’s shooting sparked panic at the hospital as employees and patients were evacuated into the parking lot. People were told to avoid the area around the hospital, and traffic was stopped on a route leading to it.

Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock said employees were well-trained to respond to the shooting. They said they are reviewing their security procedures but feel comfortable that they can continue to provide a safe environment for patients.