Authorities respond to a shooting Friday at the New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire.
A security guard working at a New Hampshire psychiatric hospital was fatally shot Friday and a suspect was shot and killed by a state trooper assigned to the facility, authorities say.
The incident occurred at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord on Friday afternoon, New Hampshire State Police said. All patients at the hospital were safe, said State Police Director Col. Mark Hall.
Bradley Haas, 63, was shot while working at the facility’s main lobby entrance around 3:30 p.m., the New Hampshire attorney general’s office said in a news release. Haas, a former police chief in the nearby small town of Franklin, worked as a security officer for the New Hampshire Department of Safety and Security.
Authorities did not release any information about the suspect, citing a active investigation of the incident.
After the shooting, authorities investigated a suspicious vehicle in the hospital parking lot, which was later cleared and found to be safe. Law enforcement officials used a tactical robot to inspect a U-Haul, videos from CNN affiliates show.
Authorities plan to release more information about the shooting Saturday morning.
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Police work the scene of a shooting at New Hampshire Hospital on Friday.
The hospital is a psychiatric facility that helps treat people with “acute mental illnesses,” according to its website.
The head of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said Friday night that she was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family, as well as our colleagues who have been affected,” Commissioner Lori Weaver said at a news conference.
Weaver said the hospital will be temporarily closed to visitors, but that support will be provided to patients and staff “as we work through this tragedy together.”
“This is a difficult and unimaginable day for our employees and for our community,” the commissioner added.
Governor Chris Sununu said in a statement aboutsocial media platform formerly known as Twitter, the state “immediately mobilized and first responders and law enforcement are on scene.”
“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,” Sununu said. “We will provide as many details as possible as this situation develops.”
CNN’s Polo Sandoval contributed to this report.