More than 40 shell casings found at Billy Taylor Park Monday, marks park’s third shooting since May 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police found more than 40 shell casings and live rounds at Billy Taylor Park just after midnight Monday morning.

Police say shots fired off at the park over the weekend.

While no one was struck, and no houses were damaged, police believe these gunshots were fired off into the air.

This shooting comes after a 26-year-old man was shot at the park in May.

Two people were shot just feet away from the park in May of 2021.

Following these incidents, some residents are questioning their safety at the park.

Providence resident Sabrina Strawn lives close to the park and spends a lot of time there. She frequently brings the kids she babysits and is part of the park’s community garden.

After this recent incident, her time at the park may be limited in the coming months.

“I wish I could say its a surprise but this has become common in the summer months,” Strawn said. “When I go to the garden to water at night, I’m definitely bringing a flashlight and getting in and out. I’m not trying to spend a lot of time here.”

Eric Goldstein plays basketball at Billy Taylor Park weekly.

He said that he and his friends used to play under the lights at night, but now he goes home much earlier following the recent shootings.

“We used to play later until 9-9:30 p.m. but now that we’re aware of all the shootings that have happened we try to get out of here by 8 p.m. because we don’t really feel safe,” Goldstein said.

Following this weekends shooting, Ward 3 City Council member Nirva Lafortune said plans are in place to make the park safer for its visitors. Plans that include security cameras and an increase in foot and cruise patrols.

“I’ve spoken with community members and one of the things they want to see is security cameras in the park so when something like this happens we can see who did it,” Lafortune said. “That’s something we’re working on right now so hopefully that’s implemented before the end of the summer.”

Police said no firearms were found and no arrests have been made.

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