Neighbor dispute leads to triple shooting in Johnston, police say

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A neighbor dispute lead to a triple shooting in Johnston Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

The shooting happened at about just 7:30 a.m. on Ligian Court.

Johnston police are seen on Ligian Court for an “active crime scene,” Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (WLNE)

Chief Mark Vieira said Wednesday they responded to a home on that street after receiving two 911 calls of shots fired in the area.

When they arrived, Vieira said police found three shooting victims. Two of them died and the third — a 15-year-old girl — was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Medical Examiners Office is seen on Ligian Circle in Johnston, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (WLNE)

Police said the suspect, James Harrison, was not at the scene when they arrived. That’s when police said they put out a BOLO to surrounding agencies.

Harrison, police said, was later shot and killed on the Johnston-Cranston line near the Interstate 295  overpass.

Police are seen on Interstate 295 on the Johnston-Cranston line after a man was shot and killed, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (WCVB)

Vieira said the suspect did not have a criminal record in Rhode Island.

Police said there’s no threat to the public.

The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and Rhode Island State Police are investigating this incident.

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