Two people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a care home for the elderly and disabled.

The shooter killed a 47 year-old woman at Babcock Village in Westerly, Rhode Island, after 10:30am EST Thursday morning.

The unnamed gunman injured two other women, before shooting himself dead in his room at the complex.

Another 38 year-old Babcock Village worker is in an ‘extremely critical condition’ and was life-flighted to Yale New Haven Hospital for specialist treatment.

A third woman, a 66 year-old resident of the home, underwent surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.

The shooting in the sleepy town of Westerly sparked a huge police response, with specialist SWAT teams rushing to the scent to tackle the threat.

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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Nerohna said: ‘It’s a tragic day for Westerly and of course the victims.’

A spokesman for Babcock Village itself said they were ‘shocked and saddened’ by the shooting.

Local schools and a hospital were put on lockdown, with the tactical unit of the Rhode Island State Police currently responding to the scene.

Babcock Village provides affordable housing for the elderly and disabled, according to its website.