NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A man charged with killing his 70-year-old mother in her room at a hospital intensive care unit had asked his stepfather to leave so they could be alone and then aimed a gun at her and fired several times, according to a police complaint released Wednesday.
Travis Frink, of Warwick, Rhode Island, pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his mother, Pamela Ferriere. He was being held without bail.
Ferriere, of Groton, was fatally shot Tuesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where she was being treated for an aneurysm. She was expected to be released Friday.
Frink, 48, was handcuffed and said nothing during the brief arraignment Wednesday in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill.
Prosecutor Jane Young asked that Frink have no contact with his stepfather, Bob Ferriere, who told police he saw Frink shoot her. Defense lawyer Rebecca McKinnon agreed to the request. She declined to comment afterward.
A police affidavit says Frink told officers he went to the hospital to kill his mother. No reason or motive was given.
“Who shoots their mother? Who does that?” said Patti Oakley, a neighbor of the Ferrieres’. She said her heart broke when she heard the news.
The town of Groton put out a statement saying Pamela Ferriere was active in town government and in her local church, and she enjoyed gardening and biking with her husband. Oakley said she loved to bake Halloween cookies for children.
“Pam will be missed, but we know she is with her Lord and Savior,” the town said. “She was looking to be home from the hospital soon and back to her home that she and Bob shared and to her normal activities.”
When Frink went to visit her Tuesday, Bob Ferriere was in the room and Frink asked to spend some time alone with his mother, authorities said.
Ferriere asked his wife if that was OK and she indicated yes, the affidavit said. As he was leaving the room, he heard her shout or scream, then turned and saw Frink pointing a gun at her, the affidavit said. After several shots were fired, Frink walked out of the room without saying anything, Ferriere told police.
Pamela Ferriere’s nurse called 911, saying a visitor had pulled out a black handgun. When she saw the gun, the nurse ran and took shelter in a different room. She then heard two gunshots, followed by screams.
The hospital, New Hampshire’s largest, was then placed on lockdown.
When asked about the shooting Wednesday morning by The Associated Press, Bob…