Shooter dies after opening fire at New Hampshire psychiatric hospital

CONCORD, NH – A shooting at a New Hampshire psychiatric hospital on Friday ended with one shooter dead and at least one person injured, authorities said.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that in addition to the shooter, another person was shot in the lobby. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

One patient was taken to Concord Hospital Friday for treatment, said Dawn Beers, public affairs manager. The patient’s condition was not provided. At a news conference Friday night, police said the shooting was confined to the main lobby and that patients are safe.

State police said there were “multiple victims” in an alert posted through social media Friday afternoon, but did not give a number or say whether any had died.

Police work at the scene of a shooting at a New Hampshire hospital on Friday.AP

New Hampshire Hospital in Concord, which has approximately 185 beds, is the only state-run adult psychiatric hospital. It is located in the capital city of Concord, near Concord High School, several state agencies, and a district court. It is located on a large campus comprising over one hundred acres (40.5 hectares) of land.

Video from the scene shows the massive police response to the scene.Video from the scene shows the massive police response to the scene.AP

Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster called the shooting “horrifying” in a statement and asked the public to stay away from the hospital while police worked at the scene.

“Thank you to the state police officers who responded to the scene so quickly,” Kuster said in a statement. “My thoughts are with the victim, her family and the Concord community.”

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Other members of the state’s congressional delegation also issued statements of support.

“The state mobilized immediately and first responders and law enforcement are on the scene,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement. “We will provide as many details as possible as this situation develops.”

Friday’s shooting was the latest act of violence at an American hospital. Medical centers across the country have struggled to adapt to growing threats, helping to make healthcare one of the most violent fields in the country.

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