Cranston Police: Man shoots, kills girlfriend’s son
Cranston police have arrested a 73-year-old man in connection to a fatal shooting that happened Tuesday afternoon.
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Cranston police have arrested a 73-year-old man in connection to a fatal shooting that happened Tuesday afternoon.
Cranston police officers arrived on scene at 17 B Street for a report of a shooting around 2:40 p.m.
When officers arrived, they found 41-year-old Paul Zois unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds. Members of the Cranston Fire Department transported Zoice to Rhode Island Hospital before he was pronounced dead.
Police said Zoice lived at the B Street home with his mother, aunt, and his mother’s boyfriend.
Zoice’s mother’s boyfriend was identified as 73-year-old Charles Gangi, who told officers that he was the one responsible for the shooting. He was immediately detained by police.
A search warrant was obtained to search the home for evidence. Police seized two handguns, one which they believe to be the murder weapon.
In a release, the department said that Zois and Gangi were allegedly in a “heated argument” inside of the home, before Gangi retrieved his gun and shot Zoice twice in the chest.
Police say Zois mother and aunt were in home at the time of the shooting, but were not injured.
Gangi is set to be arraigned by a Justice of Peace at the Cranston Police Department Headquarters on Tuesday night on the following charges before being transferred to the ACI:
- Murder (1st Degree)
- Discharge of a firearm resulting in death
- Assault with a dangerous weapon
- Discharge of a firearm in a compact area
Cranston police say the shooting is under investigation.
Gangi was formally arraigned in the 3rd District Court on Wednesday, where he was held without bail.
A status conference will be held on January 7th.
Cranston Police Department’s Colonel Winquist said, “I wish to commend the Patrol Officers and Detectives who investigated this homicide. Their collective efforts resulted in the swift apprehension and charging of the suspect. Unfortunately, a menial argument resulted in a loss of life, especially during the holiday season.”