Mayor Elorza meets with concerned neighbors after shooting near his home

PROVIDENCE R.I. (WLNE) — The Dorchester Avenue shooting happened just steps away from Mayor Jorge Elorza’s house, and now he’s hearing from his own neighbors — many of whom are on edge.

Police say they were told three men made their way into the backyard of a Dorchester Avenue home late Saturday night, firing multiple rounds toward the group gathered there, hitting 23-year-old David Carides in the eye and 52-year old David Carides Sr. in the torso.

The father and son are expected to survive.

But ABC6 was there as neighbors voiced their concerns about increasing violence to Mayor Elorza — who lives right across the street from where Saturday’s shooting happened.

Beverly Magnuski has lived here for about 50 years.

“I was shocked about it,” she said. “I can’t believe we had a shooting like that. Didn’t have to worry about walking around. Now, with that, once it gets dark, I don’t walk around at all. I just stay in the house.”

Others say they don’t even feel safe inside the house.

“Now I can’t even sit in the living room to watch TV because I’m scared of the bullets,” said Gaby Molina. “The only solution I’m thinking is sell my house.”

Some residents say a solution would be an increased police presence.

Elorza acknowledged that having a shooting so close to home is unnerving, but he assured residents that the targeted shooting doesn’t reflect the area’s true character.

“Good-natured, hard-working people that want nothing but what’s best for the neighborhood, for the community, and for their families,” said the mayor, a Democrat. “So I’m committed to this neighborhood, and we’re going to make sure that we get over this and we’re much stronger because of it.”

Elorza says there’s still a lot of work to do to improve safety, and adds that residents plan on meeting again in the coming weeks.

 

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