AG: 70-year-old intensive care patient shot, killed by relative at Lebanon hospital

  • 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

By Staff and Wire reports 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A 70-year-old woman was shot and killed by a relative inside the intensive care unit at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon Tuesday, according to New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald.

MacDonald said the patient was “murdered” during a news conference Tuesday night. Details of the shooting emerged hours after the hospital was put in lockdown around 2 p.m.

Authorities have said a Rhode Island resident was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. while trying to leave the grounds of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital.

At an earlier press conference, MacDonald said police had received a report of a shooting inside an ICU on the fourth floor of one of the buildings. He said the incident was over and there was no threat to the public.

MacDonald, State Police Commander Christopher Wagner and hospital officials initially declined to answer questions after offering a brief statement.

Rhode Island State Police said the suspect’s car had Rhode Island plates. New Hampshire police reached out to that state’s Fusion Center, an information center under the command of Rhode Island State Police that also involves representatives from local, state and federal agencies.

The center helped identify the suspect as a Rhode Island resident, said Laura Meade Kirk, a state police spokeswoman. The resident’s name wasn’t immediately released.

In Lebanon, people were told to avoid the area around the hospital, and traffic was stopped on a route leading to the medical center.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Vermont State Police assisted New Hampshire and local police.

An employee said all workers received an email from the hospital about a “code silver,” telling them to get out if possible and otherwise to shelter in place, according to “Code silver” indicates that a violent situation is unfolding.