Providence Police identify victim of city’s first homicide in 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Providence Police have identified the victim of a shooting over the weekend, which marked the city’s first homicide in 2021.

Tillman Hodge, 44, was dropped off at Rhode Island Hospital around 7:15 a.m. on Sunday. He later died.

Police aren’t sure what led up to the shooting or where it even happened, which is why the department is asking for the public’s help. However, Major David Lapatin with Providence Police said they found the car that dropped Hodge off, right near the hospital, on Rhodes Street.

“We had a description on that vehicle and patrolmen in the area observed it,” Lapatin said. “They also saw bullet holes on the driver’s side.”

Police believe one other person was in that car. They are trying to find out who it was. Lapitan said the problem is the plates don’t match the car. However, Lapatin is hopeful they will find out soon.

“There was some surveillance,” Lapatin said.

Providence saw an uptick in crime in 2020. The city had 18 homicides and now police are investigating the city’s first homicide in 2021, just over a week into the New Year.

Lapatin said he believes the shooting along with the majority of previous homicides are targeted so no one should feel unsafe.

“Providence is a safe city,” Lapatin said. “I take my wife to dinner without a problem here and all my kids who are adults all come to Providence.”

Providence Police are hoping the public can help, especially since they are missing key information, like where the shooting took place.

If anyone has information or heard gunshots around 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., you are asked to contact the police.

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