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UPDATED: Autopsy shows hospital shooting victim was hit four times

Travis Frink
Travis Frink, of Warwick, R.I., stands with his attorney, public defender Rebecca McKinnon, during his arraignment Wednesday in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H. He faces a murder charge in the shooting of his mother at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Photo by Jennifer Hauck/Valley News

(This story by the Valley News staff was first posted Sept. 13, 2017. It has been updated several times.)

HAVERHILL, N.H. — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has released the results of an autopsy performed on the victim of Tuesday’s fatal shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The autopsy found that Pamela Ferriere, a 70-year-old resident of Groton, New Hampshire, died of blood loss from four gunshot wounds. Ferriere was shot in her chest, abdomen and pelvis, according to a Wednesday evening news release announcing the autopsy’s results. Her death has been ruled a homicide, the release said.

Her son Travis Frink, of Warwick, Rhode Island, is accused of fatally shooting Ferriere on Tuesday afternoon while she was hospitalized at DHMC.

He was ordered held without bail following an appearance in Grafton Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Frink pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, who was being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit when the shooting occurred.

Frink appeared in court with his public defender, Rebecca McKinnon. Wearing a red shirt and handcuffs, he said nothing during the court appearance.

Prosecutor Jane Young asked that Frink have no contact with his stepfather, Robert Ferriere, who told police he witnessed the shooting. McKinnon agreed to the request.

A police affidavit released by New Hampshire officials Wednesday morning says Frink has “admitted” that he shot his 70-year-old mother several times while she was in the intensive care unit.

Frink told police that he drove to the hospital from Rhode Island with the intention of killing his mother, according to the police affidavit.

(The Boston Globe reported that police said Frink had asked Robert Ferriere for time alone with his mother and shot her after being granted it.)

Pamela Ferriere was being treated for an aneurysm and was scheduled to be released from DHMC on Friday, according to the affidavit.

In a short statement emailed to the Valley News by Groton Town Clerk Ruth Millett, Robert Ferriere said that his wife, a devout Christian, had a favorite Scripture, Psalm 121: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”

“She really loved them all,” Robert Ferriere said of his wife’s love of Psalms, “but when we went hiking up mountains and hills we somehow felt closer to the God of creation.”

Millett said in the email that Pamela Ferriere was active in the church and local government, and was looking forward to being home from the hospital soon and “back to her home that she and Bob shared and to her normal activities.”

“She loved gardening, walking and biking with her husband,” Millett said. “She will be greatly missed by her husband and family and by all who knew and loved her.”

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials said things are returning to normal after the shooting, which forced an evacuation and lockdown and led to a chaotic scene.

“This is a resilient organization,” John Kacavas, the hospital’s general counsel, said during the news conference. “Patient care was always the top priority. Patient care remains the top priority. Patient care will be the top priority. Doctors and nurses are caring for patients. Food preparers are preparing food. Housekeepers are keeping house.”

(Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.)

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