Neighbor of NH woman shot, killed in hospital bed says heart is broken
Patti Oakley told The Associated Press she had known 70-year-old Pamela Ferriere for several years.
Ferriere's son, 48-year-old Travis Frink, was arrested Tuesday on the grounds of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
"Who shoots their mother? Who does that?" Oakley said.
The town of Groton put out a statement saying 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."
Multiple shots firedFrink signed into the visitor's desk at Dartmouth-Hitchcock at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday before heading to the Intensive Care Unit on the fourth floor of the hospital, said New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald.
At 1:24 p.m. a nurse at the hospital called 911 stating that someone had fired a gun.
MacDonald said multiple shots had been fired and that resulted in the death of 70-year-old Ferriere, of Groton. Ferriere was being treated for an aneurysm. She was expected to be released Friday.
An autopsy done on Wednesday determined Ferriere was shot four times, suffering wounds to the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. The Deputy Medical Examiner Jennie Duval said the cause of death was gunshot wounds that caused blood loss. Ferriere's manner of death has been ruled a homicide.
When asked about the shooting Wednesday morning by The Associated Press, Robert Ferriere said he had no idea why it happened. "I'm not a mind reader," he said, before hanging up.
Frink had visited his mother previously during her stay at the hospital.
MacDonald is asking anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Frink in the past few days, to call Detective Brian Strong with the State Police Major Crimes Scene Unit at 603-223-8568.
Several of Frink's neighbors in Warwick said he mostly kept to himself.
Frink suffered a devastating loss in 2013 when his wife and 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 Frink's wife was found in the driver's seat and the body of his son was found on the floor in the back of the car.
Police 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.Training in action Joanne Conroy, the president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, praised her staff for its response and said everyone had taken part in several active-shooter trainings in the past.
She said the medical center planned a town hall meeting for employees Wednesday to discuss next steps as workers recover from the "traumatic event."
Officials at the hospital on Wednesday said employees were well-trained to respond to the fatal shooting of a patient and the lockdown that resulted in an arrest.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said it's reviewing the hospital's security procedures but feel comfortable that they can continue to provide a safe environment for patients.
Only five surgeries were postponed on Tuesday. The hospital typically has as many as 20 to 28 operations going on at once.
Other patients with appointments were taken care of outside the complex.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's office as well as New Hampshire State Police, Lebanon police, Vermont State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all responded to the hospital for the shooting.
During his arraignment at Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill on Wednesday, Frink said nothing. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
He has been ordered to have no contact with his stepfather. Defense lawyer Rebecca McKinnon agreed to the request. She declined to comment afterward.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this article.