Man Kills Security Guard at New Hampshire Hospital, Investigation Underway
In a tragic incident at New Hampshire Hospital, a man shot and killed a security guard before being fatally shot by a state police trooper. Authorities have identified the assailant as 33-year-old John Madore. The incident occurred at the front lobby entrance of the hospital, where Bradley Haas, a security officer, was stationed. Several people witnessed the horrifying act.
According to New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella, Madore had entered the hospital premises carrying a 9mm pistol and additional ammunition. Haas, who was unarmed, was shot by Madore. Police discovered an AR-style rifle, a tactical vest, and ammunition magazines in a U-Haul truck parked in the hospital’s parking lot. They are investigating any potential connections between the truck and Madore.
Formella praised the actions of the trooper and Haas, stating that their swift response saved many lives. The shooting took place at around 3:30 p.m. and was contained within the hospital’s front lobby. Despite receiving CPR, Haas succumbed to his injuries at Concord Hospital.
Police are currently working to determine the motive behind the attack. Formella emphasized the need to uncover Madore’s background and the factors that led to this tragic incident. The Haas family has requested privacy during this difficult time.
Haas, a former police officer who served for 28 years and even held the position of police chief, lived in Franklin, a small city located approximately 20 miles from Concord. The Franklin Police Department expressed their grief over the loss of their former chief and praised his dedicated service to the city. Following his retirement in 2008, Haas continued to contribute to the community as a security officer at New Hampshire State Hospital.
Governor Chris Sununu acknowledged the bravery of the first responders involved in preventing a more extensive tragedy. He commended the heroic actions of Bradley Haas, the staff at New Hampshire Hospital, and the swift response of the New Hampshire State Police.
Sadly, this incident is the latest in a series of acts of violence targeting hospitals in the United States. Medical centers across the nation have struggled to adapt to the growing threats, making healthcare one of the most dangerous fields.
As investigations continue, New Hampshire Hospital remains operational but closed to visitors. The facility serves as the sole state-run psychiatric hospital for adults in the state. Situated in the capital city, it is part of a larger state office park housing multiple state agencies, near the local high school and district courthouse. The Department of Safety provides security for the hospital.
Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, expressed gratitude to the first responders and all those who swiftly acted to minimize harm and provide care to those in need. He emphasized that the hospital staff treats patients with respect, compassion, and the utmost care, extending this commitment to all who work there.
The investigation into the motive behind this tragic incident continues, and authorities are determined to unravel the circumstances surrounding John Madore’s actions. Meanwhile, the community mourns the loss of Bradley Haas, a dedicated security officer and former police chief who dedicated his life to serving and protecting others.