Suspected gunman identified in New Hampshire hospital shooting

Authorities have identified the man suspected of shooting a security guard to death Nov. 17 at Concord-based New Hampshire State Hospital.

John Madore, 33, entered the state-run psychiatric hospital's lobby and shot Bradley Haas, 63, a state Department of Safety security officer and former Franklin Police Department chief of police who was working security at the front lobby entrance of the facility, state Attorney General John Formella said, according to The Hill. New Hampshire State Police Col. Mark Hall said during a Nov. 17 media briefing that a state trooper, who was on duty at the hospital and whose name has not been released, promptly engaged and fatally shot the suspect. 

Mr. Madore was most recently transient and had "recently stayed at a hotel in the Seacoast area," Mr. Formella said, according to The Hill. First responders immediately performed CPR on Mr. Haas who was transferred to Concord (N.H.) Hospital and later pronounced dead. 

"On behalf of all members of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, I extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Security Officer Bradley Haas. Officer Haas was a dedicated member of the Safety team who died a hero protecting the patients and staff of New Hampshire Hospital. Our hearts ache at this loss," Robert Quinn, commissioner of the Department of Safety, said in a statement posted on the department's Facebook page.

"Additionally, I applaud the heroic actions of our state trooper who bravely confronted the shooter and prevented further harm, and I am thankful for the support provided by our federal, state, county and local public safety partners." 

The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. ET at the 185-bed acute care facility, which has its own security force and metal detectors. Authorities secured the area and found an AR-15-style rifle, a tactical vest, several magazines of ammunition, and additional ammunition for a 9 mm handgun inside a U-Haul truck that was running in the parking lot, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and police have not identified a possible motive. 

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