By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org
CONCORD – An active shooting situation at the New Hampshire Hospital Friday afternoon has ended with the death of the suspect, officials said.
In a brief press conference State Police Col. Mark Hall said the situation has been contained to the front lobby of the state’s psychiatric hospital on Clinton Street and all patients were safe.
Although the NH State Police posted on Twitter there were “multiple victims,” there was no further information about anyone else being injured.
At about 5:30 p.m. Hall said there was no threat to the public as police continued to investigate the active shooter incident that occurred at about 3:45 p.m.
The New Hampshire Hospital was full at the time and has a 184-bed capacity with construction underway.
Gov. Chris Sununu issued the following news release: “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. We will provide as many details as possible as this situation unfolds,” Sununu said.
Workers who posted on a Facebook page said they heard multiple gunshots and then a quick response from law enforcement.
The state Department of Homeland Security posted on Twitter: The shooting incident was contained to the front lobby of New Hampshire Hospital. All patients are safe and there is no active threat to the public. The scene remains active while authorities investigate a suspicious vehicle. Please avoid the area at this time.”