A gunman shot and killed one person at a New Hampshire psychiatric hospital, then a state police officer killed the shooter, authorities said Friday night.
New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management confirmed onat 4:40 p.m. the suspected gunman had died. The agency said the State Emergency Operations Center is activated at an “enhanced monitoring level.”
New Hampshire State Police Col. Mark Hall said the police officer who shot the suspect was assigned to the facility, New Hampshire Hospital in Concord.
“Although there will continue to be a law enforcement presence here for several hours as the investigation unfolds, it’s important to note that there is no threat to the public, and there is no threat to the patients or staff at the hospital,” Hall said.
State police dispatch received a call of an active shooter at the hospital at 3:38 p.m., Hall said. The suspect walked into the lobby and shot one person. A state trooper immediately responded and fatally shot the suspect. The victim was administered CPR and taken to Concord Hospital but has been pronounced dead.
Authorities are working to notify the victim’s family, Hall said. The shooter has not been identified yet.
“This afternoon, there was an incident at New Hampshire Hospital, which has been contained. While the scene remains active as the campus is cleared, the suspect is deceased,”“The state immediately mobilized, and first responders and law enforcement are on the scene.”
Authorities saidall patients were safe and there was no active threat but noted they were investigating a suspicious vehicle. State Homeland Security said the shooting had been contained to the front lobby of the hospital.
“I’m horrified by reports of a shooting at NH Hospital in Concord. My heart goes out to all those impacted by this senseless violence. I’m closely monitoring the situation,”
State police announced shortly after 4 p.m. that a situation was unfolding at the facility, the only state-run psychiatric hospital for adults in New Hampshire. The facility has roughly 185 beds and is located in the capital city of Concord, near Concord High School, multiple state agencies and a district courthouse.
Aerials of the hospital show an active scene with numerous police cars with lights flashing outside the hospital. An armored vehicle was approaching the scene outside the hospital Friday afternoon.
Concord police and deputies from the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department, along with state police, were at the scene. New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency was setting up a media center at a nearby sports field.
Contributing: Associated Press
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