Police investigate two shootings in Providence

Morning Star Row

By News Staff

Reporting by Kirsten Glavin

kglavin@abc6.com

Police are investigating after three people were shot in broad daylight in two separate shootings in the city Thursday, both within an hour of each other.

Providence residents are shaken up this Christmas Eve after an afternoon of violence. Around noon, two men were found with gunshot wounds on the front porch of 356 New York Avenue.

"Upon arrival we find two people who were on the porch in the front yard who were struck by gunfire," said Providence Police Colonel Hugh Clements.

Both were taken to Rhode Island Hospital, one in critical condition, and the other with life-threatening injuries. The suspects are described as two black males.

Clements says this holiday is popular for shootings, "Christmas Eve and Christmas day it’s extremely busy."

Just after police arrived on scene of the first shooting, a third victim was shot in the head found sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of 22 Morning Star Row. He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The shooter drove off.

Police say the shootings may be related.  

"This is an ongoing issue. We have too many illegal guns on the streets," said Mayor Jorge Elorza on scene.

"If we have more people coming forward–more people to assist us–we can prevent this kind of stuff," said Commissioner Steven Pare.

There is no word yet if there are any suspects in custody.

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