“Robbery gone wrong”: Search for suspect in full swing after homicide at laundromat

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A man is dead after a shooting at a laundromat on Broad Street Tuesday night.

Providence police identified the victim as 38-year-old Melvin Ricardo Perez Reyes.

The fatal shooting happened around 8 p.m. in what Providence Police are calling a ‘robbery gone wrong.’

“He was just doing his laundry,.” Major David Lapatin told ABC6 News.

Investigators say a suspect put a gun to the victims back, and demanded him give him his chain. The victim fought back, and was shot.

The suspect ran down Fisk Street and is still on the loose.

The laundromat was back open and running on Wednesday, with customers telling ABC6 they’re horrified something like this could happen somewhere like this.

Mayor Jorge Elorza demanding justice for the victim and his family on Wednesday. He said he believes the violence stems from a combination of things like t he pandemic, guns, anger, and anxiety from the past year.

“I have full faith in our Police Department,” Elorza said. “I’m confident we will bring the suspect to Justice.”

Major Lapatin said investigators are working in the neighborhoods, talking to witnesses, and reviewing surveillance video from both inside and outside of the business.

The victim has not yet been identified, and his family lives outside of the country.


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