Police investigating fatal early morning shooting in Cranston

CRANSTON, R.I (WLNE) – Police lights lit up Harris Avenue Tuesday morning after detectives with the Cranston Police department were called to the scene of a fatal shooting.

Police say it happened at about 4:00 a.m. on Harris Avenue. They say the victim is a 24-year-old black male from Providence.

Emotions were high for family, friends and neighbors who stood side by side for hours as police investigated the scene.

Elder Uricar lives two houses away from the shooting. He says he didn’t hear anything, but woke up to crime scene tape outside his door.

“I woke up this morning to go to work and I see my car blocked by police and news cars,” neighbor Elder Uricar said. “It’s really scary because that’s never happened before. I have a child and stuff like that, I’m kind of scared about it.”

According to Cranston police, the call came in at 4:06 a.m. They say they arrived on scene to find one victim fatally shot outside of a home on Harris Avenue.

The Cranston Police Chief says there was a disturbance in the street that led up to the shooting. They say the victim did not live in the area.

“There was a house party that we believe may be connected to this incident that spilled out to the street where the homicide occurred,” Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said.

As the sun came up, the crime scene grew larger. Dozens of police cars and a crime scene investigation van surrounded the house. Police say several people were taken into questioning and they are investigating nearby surveillance camera video.

Chief Winquist says this is Cranston’s first homicide of the year.

“We’re very fortunate in the city that we don’t have a lot of homicides,” Chief Winquist said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Some family members are here today. We’re going to do our best to solve this and bring these people to justice that are responsible.”

Police say there is no suspect in custody. They believe the victim and the suspect knew each other and say that there is no threat to the community.

Cranston Police have identified the victim as Jamal Vasquez, 24, of Providence.

Police say the suspects may have fled the area in dark colored sedan traveling south on Cranston Street.

This is a developing story, and more details will be added as they become available from the police.

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