The gunman who killed a security guard at a New Hampshire psychiatric hospital on Friday before being shot to death by a state trooper was identified as a transient who had spent time living in the area, authorities said Saturday.
John Madore, 33, allegedly used a 9mm handgun when he shot and killed Bradley Haas. in the lobby of New Hampshire Hospital in ConcordNew Hampshire Attorney General John Formella announced at a news conference.
Haas, of Franklin, New Hampshire, was working security when Madore shot him. Haas, former police chief of the Franklin Police Department, was also an Army veteran who served for three years, Formella said..
“Chief Haas was already a hero when he walked into work yesterday, given his service to our country, to our state… he will now be forever remembered as a man who died protecting the patients, staff and visitors of New York Hospital. Hampshire,” he said. .
The violence occurred around 3:30 pm at the state hospital. After the security guard was shot, a state trooper assigned to the hospital fatally shot the gunman, according to New Hampshire State Police.
On Saturday, authorities declined to identify the police officer who killed the suspect because he has not been formally interviewed, which is agency protocol. But the police officer’s actions were praised Saturday by Formella.
“Everything indicates that the actions of this police officer saved many lives and that they were heroic,” Formella said.
New Hampshire State Police Col. Mark Hall, who spoke at Saturday’s news conference, said the investigation into the shooting, including the suspect’s motives, remained ongoing.
After the shooting, authorities said a state police bomb squad robot investigated a suspicious vehicle on the hospital campus, a U-Haul. The U-Haul was deemed not to pose a threat to the public, but inside the vehicle, investigators found an AR-style rifle, a tactical vest and several ammunition magazines, Hall said.
New Hampshire Hospital is described in its website as the state’s primary acute psychiatric hospital, providing inpatient services.