18 Nov 2023

Shooting at New Hampshire hospital, multiple victims - reports

1:59 pm on 18 November 2023
US police tape.

Photo: AFP / Andri Tambunan

An armed suspect opened fire in the lobby of a psychiatric hospital in New Hampshire, killing one person, before an officer returned fire, killing the attacker, police say.

Officials said the suspect was "immediately engaged and shot" dead by an officer assigned to the hospital. The officer was not hurt.

Police have not identified the attacker, the victim or a motive.

Officials initially reported "multiple victims", before lowering the figure.

Speaking to reporters on Friday evening, police spokesman Colonel Mark Hall said the suspect had entered the lobby of the hospital and shot an unnamed individual.

A state trooper quickly engaged and killed the suspect. Col Hall said the situation was "contained to the front lobby".

He declined to identify the deceased victim, and said officers were working to "determine the identity of the shooter".

He added that "one suspicious vehicle is currently being investigated by the state police bomb squad", but emphasised there was no ongoing threat to the public.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Weaver, also speaking at the conference, said that all patients and staff at the hospital were safe and that operations at the facility were continuing as normal.

On its website, the hospital, which has about 185 beds, describes itself as the state's "premier, acute psychiatric hospital".

- This story was first published by BBC.