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Westfield woman on her experience during NH hospital active shooter situation

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Terrifying moments today at a New Hampshire hospital after police put Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on lockdown following reports of an active shooter.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said that 49 year old Travis Frank went to the hospital’s intensive care unit to specifically kill his mother,  although the motive is still unclear.

The 70 year old patient, Pamela Ferriere of Groton, New Hampshire was identified as the victim.

Western Mass News reporter spoke with a woman who was there and recounts what happened.

Kate Gadbois of Westfield was visiting the hospital this afternoon for her knee when it suddenly went into lockdown.

She said she got in her car and was getting ready to leave when all of a sudden police stormed through Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from all sides and had bulletproof vests on.

Gadbois called it one of the most intense moments of her life.

“It’s like the worst thought you have. I went up to my husband this morning and said what a wonderful place, it's beautiful, and now I say, Holy God, what happened?”

Gadbois was forced to wait for about an hour before police let her go.

"When i heard he held up the ICU with a gun, I was really scared, and then they said they don't know where he is."

Frank was taken into custody just before 3pm while trying to leave hospital grounds.

He will be arraigned tomorrow on a first degree murder charge.

The incident is still under investigation.

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