Father of four gunned down while shooting music video in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Providence police are investigating the city’s 15th homicide this year that left a father of four dead.

Major David Lapatin said officers responded to Gallup Street around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to reports of a shooting. Lapatin said a group was shooting a music video on the street when someone drove up, got out, and fired shots into the crowd.

“The shooter shot into a small crowd of people that were on Gallup Street at the time, so we’re concerned that this was a reckless act, where it looked as though he didn’t care who he shot,” said Det. Capt. Tim O’Hara.

27-year-old Dante Mann was shot and friends drove him to Rhode Island Hospital. Lapatin said he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Family members tell ABC6 Mann was a father of four, with his youngest born just one week ago.

“He always made us laugh, he was always singing, dancing, thinking of the bright things. He was a son, he was a father, he was a best friend, he was a brother… and it was just ungrateful and I want everyone to know that he’s not just a number, he’s a human being,” said Jodi Dumont, Mann’s aunt.

Mann was an up-and-coming local rapper who went by the name “SOS Dmann.” Dumont said Mann was shooting a music video Thursday night for a song he wrote to honor his late cousin, Tyrone Williams, who was shot to death on Gallup Street in 2018. That shooting occurred just feet away from where Mann was gunned down.

Videos acquired by ABC6 show Mann and his friends filming the music video a few hours before the shooting occurred.

“You guys gotta stop with the gun violence,” Dumont said. “C’mon people. You’re taking way too many lives and now it’s really hitting home. It’s hitting my home and my family is hurting, and it’s not fair.”

Providence Police believe the group was targeted, but aren’t sure if Mann himself was targeted.

Lapatin said an altercation earlier in the evening might be connected and may have led to the shooting.

Mann’s family wants people to know, he isn’t just a statistic and was working to make something of himself.

“Stop looking at every colored person as if they’re gang-related or they’re bad like they can’t do no good because that’s not true. Dante’s a perfect example. He’s good. He can do good, he was doing good. He was trying to make better,” said Dumont.

Police have no suspects and are asking any witnesses to come forward, and anyone with video surveillance is urged to turn it into police.

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