Police: Shooter asked for alone time with mother before killing her at NH hospital
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NORTH HAVERHILL — A man who killed his mother in her hospital bed Tuesday asked his stepfather for some alone time with her before shooting her, according to a police affidavit.
Travis Frink, 48, of 76 Hoxie Drive, Warwick, Rhode Island, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Frink's stepfather told police he had turned to walk out of the room when he heard Pamela Ferriere shout or scream. When he turned back around, he saw Frink pointing a gun at Ferriere before he fired several shots before leaving the room without saying a word, the affidavit states.
Frink signed into the visitor's desk at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 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.
That nurse told police Ferriere had been one of her patients for the past two weeks. She said when Frink came into the room he had a small duffel bag. At one point she turned and saw him holding a black handgun with both hands and pointing it at his mother, the affidavit states. She then ran to another room and hid behind medical equipment where she told police she heard two gunshots and screams.
MacDonald said multiple shots had been fired and that resulted in the death of 70-year-old Ferriere, of Groton.
Frink had been taken into police custody around 2:57 p.m. and two state police troopers spoke to him at 5:20 p.m. The troopers said he waived his Miranda rights and admitted to driving to the hospital to kill his mother, the affidavit states.
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.
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 Frink.
He was arraigned at Grafton County Superior Court on Wednesday. He is being held without bail and has been ordered to have no contact with his stepfather. Dartmouth-Hitchcock is expected to hold a press conference at 3 p.m.
NH1 News will update this story when that information is available.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this article.