Staff and community members of New Hampshire Hospital gathered at a vigil Monday evening in Concord to honor Bradley Haas, the security guard killed by a gunman at the hospital Friday.
On a cold, clear night, as bagpipes played in the distance, attendees reflected on the life and career of Haas, who previously served as police chief for the city of Franklin. Officials say Haas, 63, was killed by a gunman who entered the hospital lobby Friday afternoon. An on-duty state trooper immediately shot and killed the suspect, 33-year-old John Madore.
Casey Williams had resigned from her job at the hospital, which treats patients with severe mental health conditions, a day before the shooting. She said she still feels part of the hospital's community.
“It’s really moving to watch staff continue to show up, despite being present for this traumatic event, and watching everyone still care for the patients and remember Officer Haas,” she said.
Staff with the National Alliance on Mental Illness were also on hand at the vigil, and urged support for people seeking treatment for mental health needs.
Katya Sullivan, an employee at New Hampshire Hospital, said it’s been a struggle since the shooting took place. But she offered advice for the broader public:
“Be there for everyone, just support everyone, stand strong,” Sullivan said.
The New Hampshire Department of Justice has not offered a motive for Friday’s shooting. They have described Madore as transient, with recent stints at a hotel on the Seacoast and in the Concord area.
According to court records released Monday, Madore was treated at New Hampshire Hospital while suffering from acute mental illness in 2016.
This story is a production of the New England News Collaborative. It was originally published by New Hampshire Public Media.