Warwick man accused of killing mother at NH medical center

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)

A 70-year-old woman was shot and killed by her son in a New Hampshire hospital Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Investigators later identified her as Pamela Ferriere, of Groton, New Hampshire.

NBC Boston reported that sources told them that the suspect murdered his own mother, who was at patient in the ICU at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Earlier in the day, the Lebanon Department of Public Safety confirmed that a man was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. following reports of an active shooter at the hospital. The hospital was under lockdown.

Soon after, NBC 10 News confirmed with Rhode Island State Police that the suspect's SUV had Rhode Island plates.

State police spokeswoman Laura Meade Kirk said New Hampshire authorities reached out to the state's Fusion Center, an information center under the command of the state police that also involves representatives from local, state and federal agencies.

She said the center helped identify the suspect as a Rhode Island man, with authorities later naming him as 49-year-old Travis Frink of Warwick.

Meanwhile, the Warwick Police Department confirmed that they are conducting a "well-being check" at a home on Hoxsie Avenue in connection with the investigation. NBC 10 learned it was, in fact, Frink's house.

Several police cruisers were outside the home most of the night. There were family members at the home, including teenagers, with police spending a few hours with them before escorting them out to stay elsewhere.

The police department chaplain was also on hand to counsel family members.

Authorities are asking anyone who might have information about what Frink has been doing the past few days to give New Hampshire State Police detectives a call.

Frink is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on first-degree murder charges in Grafton Superior Court.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center CEO and President Joanne Conroy, M.D., released a statement late Tuesday night, noting that her "thoughts and prayers are with the family of the patient who died." She also said she plans on hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the next steps "as we recover from this traumatic event" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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