LEBANON, N.H. Sept 13 2017
A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday after a 70-year-old woman was shot and killed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's main campus in Lebanon, officials said.
Attorney General Gordon MacDonald confirmed that the victim was a 70-year-old female patient in the intensive care unit of the hospital. He said the suspected shooter was a family member and has been taken into custody.
MacDonald said police received a report of a shooting in the intensive care unit on the fourth level of the north building. Much of the hospital was evacuated after the report was made, and Lebanon High School and Hanover Street Elementary School were locked down.
The identities of the victim and the person taken into custody have not been released. MacDonald said the investigation at the ICU should be complete later Tuesday evening, and more information should be released then.
Police who were letting traffic from the hospital through on Mount Support Road stopped a silver Ford SUV at one point and approached it with their guns drawn. It was not confirmed whether the person in the vehicle was the suspect who was taken into custody.
Many hospital workers and patients described the evacuation as orderly. They said they were first sent outside to an adjacent parking lot and then to a lot that is farther away. They were eventually moved to a parking lot on Coburn Hill, a few hundred yards away from the hospital.
"You hear an alert and you just respond and you go," staff member Barbara Rodgers said. "You do what you have to do and make sure everybody gets out. It's just hard, because you're getting patients out and visitors and just whatever, and they don't know what's going on. You can't tell them anything. You don't know anything to tell them."
Bill Ryan, whose wife is an emergency room nurse, said he was anxious to know whether she was OK.
"They do a great job here, and I'm just making sure my two kids have their mom home for dinner," he said. "That's what I'm worried about."
Ryan's wife was able to call him later and said she was working in the emergency room and was OK.
The hospital was open and operational by Tuesday evening.
MacDonald said the incident is being investigated by his office, the state police Major Crimes Unit and the Lebanon Police Department.