Jury finds Providence man guilty of fatal drive-by shooting

Chaquiro Blandino

By The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Providence man has been found guilty of murder in a drive-by shooting in the city.                 

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Friday a Providence County Superior Court jury found 21-year-old Chaquiro Blandino guilty on all charges stemming from the May 2, 2014, drive-by shooting murder of Francis Rodriguez.                 

Blandino was found guilty of first-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and weapons charges.             

Prosecutors say Blandino fired a pistol several times into Rodriguez’s car, striking and killing the 22-year-old. A passenger wasn’t injured.

They say the passenger in Blandino’s car told police that Blandino and Rodriguez argued earlier that day and Blandino went home to get a gun.         

Blandino said in court he shot Rodriguez in self-defense.

His attorney couldn’t immediately be reached to comment. 

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