Acting Superintendent directs school buses, comforts students during chaotic crime scene

Neighbors and community members react to shootout at Denison Street home.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- A shootout in a Providence neighborhood early Thursday morning left one man dead. Now, neighbors and community members are left recounting those terrifying moments, saying throughout the violence and chaos- they’re staying resilient.

Residents on Denison Street and surrounding neighborhoods woke up to rapid gunfire Thursday morning. Providence police say at 1:55 a.m. they received a call stating 61-year old Scott MacLean was threatening his adult children at his 25 Denison Street home. Police noted there was also a 12-year-old girl inside of the home at the time.

Family members were evacuated, and MacLean barricaded himself inside. After police attempted to negotiate with him, he began firing at officers.

MacLean died during the shootout.

Pastor Stephen Harper has lived on Commodore Street for nearly 20 years. He tells ABC6 his wife woke him up around 3 a.m., to police cruisers swarming their street, and the sound of gunfire.

“It was wild. It felt like we were in battle, combat,” Harper told ABC6 News. He took ABC6 through that horrific morning.

“Their guns were drawn, I saw rifles, and my wife kept saying get out of the window! Don’t look out of the window! Don’t go out the door!”

Harper said the area is typically, but has it’s problems.

During the chaos, one educator stepped up.

Acting Superintendent Dr. Javier Montañez sprung to action and directed traffic, distracting students from seeing the violence while on their way to school.

“I tried not to focus on the scene behind me. I was looking forward to who’s in front of me, which is the students. If I was able to get the students focus on me and not the scene behind me,”  Montañez  told ABC6 News. “I’ll do whatever it takes.”

Providence Police say since January 1, 2015, they have responded to 16 calls to 25 Denison Street. The calls consisted of 3 residential alarms, four wellbeing checks, a harassing phone call, a keep the peace call, larceny, and two missing person calls.

Only three calls were made within the past year, excluding Thursday’s incident.

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