A gunman fatally shot a safety officer contained in the foyer of a state psychiatric hospital in Harmony, N.H., on Friday afternoon after which was killed shortly afterward by a state trooper patrolling the campus, state officers mentioned.
Col. Mark B. Corridor, the director of the New Hampshire Division of Security, mentioned at a information convention on Friday night time that the authorities had been nonetheless investigating a motive for the capturing, which occurred about 3:30 p.m.
Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire recognized the sufferer as Bradley Haas, a safety officer with the Division of Security. The authorities identified the gunman on Saturday as John Madore, 33.
Colonel Corridor mentioned that it remained unclear if there have been connections between the sufferer and the gunman.
No sufferers had been injured within the episode, Colonel Corridor mentioned at an earlier briefing.
The trooper who shot the gunman had been assigned to patrol the hospital and was near the shooter on the time of the capturing, Colonel Corridor mentioned. The trooper “instantly engaged, shot and killed” the shooter, he added.
The sufferer was taken to Harmony Hospital and died there.
Lori Weaver, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Division of Well being and Human Providers, mentioned on the information convention that “this can be a tough and unimaginable day for our staff and for our neighborhood.”
The authorities didn’t provide extra particulars in regards to the capturing.
Colonel Corridor mentioned that officers had been investigating a “suspicious automobile” that had been discovered, however he didn’t elaborate.
New Hampshire Hospital says on its website that it treats folks with psychological sicknesses. State cops usually hold watch over the hospital, in line with the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
The hospital is a part of a state complicated that contains about 120 acres, homes a number of state companies and has about 3,000 to 4,000 folks on website on a typical enterprise day, together with workers members and guests.
The capturing took place three weeks after a gunman in Lewiston, Maine, fatally shot 18 folks and injured 13 extra within the nation’s deadliest mass capturing of the yr.