Man in Providence shot in car, neighbors concerned with violence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): A 32-year-old man was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of his parked car on Smith Street, according to Providence Police.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim in a black Lexus in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store.

Police identified the victim as Tyrone Powell, who told officers he was shot in the “buttocks region.”  Powell told police he was shot while in front of Little Chopsticks Restaurant on Smith Street.

The 32-year-old victim said he heard 4-5 shots before he quickly drove off and parked in the 7-Eleven parking lot.  He said he did not see the person who shot him, or any car that the shots may have come from.

According to Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi, Powell was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This shooting left neighbors extremely concerned.

“You hear gunshots out here all the time,” Jerry Fisher said. ” There’s always some kind of drama going on over there.”

Fisher said he’s concerned it could have been someone in his family.

Fisher has a 5-year-old son who goes to school right down the street.

“It’s not a safe environment and I don’t want my kid growing up seeing people getting shot, stuff like that,” Fisher said. “That’s not a good life to live. You could just be walking to the store and run into a scene like that,” Fisher said. “Who knows, you could be the victim.”

Those fears are heightened because of a pattern of recent violence in this area, including a deadly shooting this fall.  Neighborhood residents and leaders held a peace march, calling for more police.

“There’s a plaza over there that’s empty, where there used to be a meat market, Pizza Hut used to be over there,” Fisher said. “Maybe they could put a substation right there.”

Commander Verdi tells ABC6 News there are no suspects and police are still investigating the shooting.

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