Residents want bar shut down after man is gunned down across the street

By: Amanda Pitts

alpitts@abc6.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Residents of Andem Street in Providence are calling for action after a 41-year-old man was gunned down early Saturday morning.

Gerald Taylor was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m. across the street from the bar Steam Tap.

Providence City Councilman Michael Correia is now asking for that bar to be shut down, saying his constituents are demanding it.

“It has its share of problems. There has been numerous incidents of both violence and illegal activity that takes place either inside or outside,” said Correia.

Neighbors wouldn’t go on camera with us out of fear. They say patrons of the bar are dangerous.

They did tell us that the street was packed with people on Saturday night, hours after the shooting. They said police dispersed the crowd.

Correia thinks the bar should have shut down, not resume business as usual so soon after the city’s first homicide.

“An individual loses his life, and the place is allowed to remain open. At least close the establishment for a few days, let things cool down, and go from there.”

The owner of the bar refused to answer our questions but did say he’s cooperating with police. Adding that the trouble isn’t coming from his bad, but the homes in the neighborhood around it.

He also told Correia he wants to work together to come up with a solution.

Correia is planning to meet with the city’s license administrator on Monday.

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