Cranston man, 73, held without bail after confessing to murder of girlfriend’s son

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – A Cranston man will remain behind bars after being charged for the murder of his girlfriend’s son.

Charles Gangi, 73, was arraigned remotely from the ACI Wednesday morning. He was charged with Murder in the 1st degree, Discharge of a Firearm Resulting in Death, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Firearm, and Discharge of a Firearm in a Compact Area.

Cranston Police were called to a residence on B Street around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report that someone had been shot. Upon arrival, officers found a man unresponsive and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died. Police have identified the victim as 41-year-old Paul Zois, the son of Gangi’s girlfriend.

According to police, Zois lived in the home on B Street along with his mother, aunt, and Gangi.

Gangi remained at the scene after officers arrived, and confessed that he shot Zois after the two got into an argument.

“Upon arrival officers observed the victim, identified as Paul Zois, shot in the chest and was being treated on scene by Cranston rescue,” a Cranston Police officer said in court. “Officers then observed a male on scene, later identified as the defendant Charles Gangi, who spontaneously uttered, ‘We had an argument and I shot him.'”

Gangi, according to police, retrieved the firearm he used in the shooting from his bedroom, and it was then seized. Gangi was then taken into custody where he made a full confession.

“(He) indicated that he got into an argument with Mr. Zois, retrieved the firearm from his bedroom, and shot him in the chest multiple times,” an officer said to the judge.

Gangi was ordered held without bail. A status conference is set for January 7.

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