LEBANON, N.H. (AP/WPRI) — A Warwick man was charged Tuesday with shooting and killing his mother at New Hampshire’s largest hospital.
Travis Frink, 48, was arrested for the murder of 70-year-old Pamela Ferriere of Groton, New Hampshire, according to New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald.
“The facts gathered to this point reveal that the purpose of Mr. Frink’s visit to the hospital today was to kill his mother,” MacDonald said Tuesday night.
Lebanon police said Frink entered Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center at about 1:15 p.m., signed in as a visitor and went up to the ICU.
At about 1:24 p.m., police received a report of shots fired from the fourth-floor of the ICU, prompting the hospital to go into lock down and issue an active shooter alert.
MacDonald said at least two shots were fired. No one else was injured.
Frink was taken into custody as he attempted to leave the premises, according to police. A motive for the shooting is not known at this time.
Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin confirmed their Fusion Center helped to identify the suspect.
“They have been involved with New Hampshire since the beginning,” Philbin said.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s President and CEO, Joanne Conroy, MD, said her entire staff was trained in active-shooter drills and on Tuesday they did exactly what they were instructed to do.
“We had the best possible outcome from this. Nobody else was hurt in the organization and that’s all we can ask for,” Conroy said. “Our thoughts go to the family, and also our colleagues, the patients and their families that were certainly shaken by this.”
Later on Tuesday, Warwick police checked on Frink’s Hoxsie Avenue home and found his two young sons inside.
Officials said the two boys are now staying with family. Their mother and her 3-year-old son were found dead inside an idling vehicle back in 2013. Foul play was ruled out in that case.
MacDonald said Frink is expected to be arraigned in court in Haverhill, NH on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about Frink is asked to call Det. Brian Strong with the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit at (603) 223-8568.