Four hit in BB shooting spree throughout Providence, police investigating

Witnesses weren't able to see the vehicles license plate, but described the car to police as a dark, older model Toyota sedan, with Massachusetts plates and a loud exhaust.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- An airsoft gun shooting spree throughout the capital City over the weekend left one woman injured.

According to Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi, three separate shootings involving a BB gun took place Saturday evening into the early hours of Sunday morning.

The first incident happened just before 7 p.m. while a couple was walking near the 1100 block of Westminster Street.

The victims told police while walking home from a restaurant, they heard loud popping noises coming from a passing vehicle. The woman, then felt pain in her face, and realized she was hit with a pellet from a BB gun shot from that same vehicle.

She was treated and released at the scene.

Neighbors in the West End section of the City told ABC6 News they don’t typically hear of things like this happening there.

“We haven’t had any problems,” said Tara Stein of Providence. “The neighborhood is like, really quiet too. People are really charming.”

Nearly one hour later, police were called to the Cheesecake Factory in the Providence Place Mall for a report of two men shot by a BB gun.

The men told police they were hit in the stomach, chest, and arm areas.

Cmdr. Verdi told ABC6 about 50 pellets were shot from a dark sedan.

One of the men was able to get a description of the vehicle and its passenger. He told police the driver fired the shots.

The victim described the driver as a Black male with a medium length beard, wearing a black tee shirt, between the ages of 30-40.

The last incident happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Providence Police.

A RISD student told police he was standing on the sidewalk outside of his dorm when a dark colored vehicle drove by and shot two BB pellets from the window which hit him in the leg.

The driver then fled towards downtown.

Witnesses weren’t able to see the vehicles license plate, but described the car to police as a dark, older model Toyota sedan, with Massachusetts plates and a loud exhaust.

Providence Police are investigating.

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