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Possible Mass Shooting Thwarted By On-Scene Officer At NH Psychiatric Center, 1 Dead, Gunman Killed

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — On Friday, a shooting at New Hampshire State Hospital resulted in the deaths of the gunman and a security guard. The shooter, identified as 33-year-old John Madore, was transient but had been living in the Concord area. Madore used a 9mm handgun to shoot 63-year-old Bradley Haas, a Department of Safety security officer working at the hospital’s front lobby. Haas, unarmed at the time, was a former chief of the Franklin Police Department with 28 years of service and a U.S. Army veteran. He died despite receiving CPR and being transported to Concord Hospital.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m., with New Hampshire State Police receiving an alert for an active shooter. The situation, confined to the lobby, was quickly addressed by a state trooper who fatally shot Madore. The trooper was unharmed.

Authorities, including Concord police and fire departments, State Office Complex police, and the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene. An investigation into the relationship and motive between Madore and Haas is ongoing. A suspicious vehicle near the scene was cleared by the state police Bomb Squad, and an AR-15 style rifle with ammunition was found in a U-Haul truck outside the hospital.

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office, which initially withheld Madore’s identity, recognized Haas’ law enforcement contributions and extended condolences to his family, who requested privacy. Autopsies for both deceased individuals were scheduled for Saturday.

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