NH AG says son went to Dartmouth-Hitchcock with intent to shoot, kill mother
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LEBANON — A Rhode Island man has been arrested for shooting and killing his mother Tuesday while she had been a patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Travis Frink, 49, of Rhode Island, has been charged with first-degree murder.
New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Frink walked into Dartmouth-Hitchcock at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and signed into the visitor's desk before heading to the Intensive Care Unit on the fourth floor of the hospital.
At 1:24 p.m. a call came in to 911 stating that someone had fired a gun at the hospital.
MacDonald said multiple shots had been fired and that resulted in the death of 70-year-old Pamela Ferriere, of Groton, and that Frink had gone to the hospital to shoot and kill his mother.
Workers received an email during that time calling for a "code silver," which means employees need to get out of the hospital if possible or if they cannot leave, then they should shelter in place.
Mike Barwell, media relations manager, told NH1 News police were on their way to the hospital around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
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 responded to the scene to search for the shooter.
Lebanon police said Frink had been taken into police custody as of 2:57 p.m.
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.
Frink is expected to be arraigned Wednesday at Grafton County Superior Court.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this article.