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Man guns down his own mother in hospital ICU
An active shooter scare at a New Hampshire hospital on Tuesday turned out to be a deadly domestic situation — with a man killing his own mother as she laid in the intensive care unit, officials said.
Pamela Ferriere, 70, was gunned down by her 49-year-old son, Travis Frink, shortly after he arrived at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, according to WCVB.
“The purpose of Mr. Frink’s visit to the hospital was to kill his mother,” Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Tuesday night at a press conference.
It took Frink a total of nine minutes — from the moment he signed in at the visitors desk to the time he arrived at the ICU unit — for him to take his mother’s life, MacDonald said.
Cops swarmed Darmouth-Hitchcock, New Hampshire’s largest hospital, at around 1:24 p.m. after receiving reports of an active shooter. The facility was placed on lockdown for at least an hour while authorities searched for a suspect.
Frink was eventually captured by local police while attempting to leave the premises, WJAR reports.
He allegedly let off several rounds while inside the medical center, but Ferriere was the only person hit.
Her son appeared to arrive at the facility in a silver SUV, which was surrounded by police and being checked during the lockdown.
Rhode Island State Police later confirmed to WJAR that the vehicle did belong to Frink, who is a Warwick resident.
Authorities were reportedly conducting a “well-being check” at his home Tuesday night.
Frink is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder.