Suspect charged in fatal Burnside Street ‘after-hours drinking establishment’ shooting

Crime scene tape is seen on Burnside Street after a man was fatally shot, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A 26-year-old man is being charged with murder after a Providence man was found shot and dead inside a home over the weekend, according to authorities.

Antonio Reyson Leonor Uffre appeared in court Monday, charged with murder of Ivan Encarnacion.

Police said the victim was shot multiple times.

Ivan Encarnacion can be seen in this photo provided by his cousin.

The shooting happened at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday on Burnside Street.

This marks the city’s second homicide this year.

Maj. David Lapatin said during a press conference Monday that the location seemed to have been an after-hours drinking spot.

Col. Oscar Perez said these establishments have been an issue in the past.

“We have evidence that these homes are actually houses for after hours,” said Perez, less than a week as chief of the department. “Huge amounts of people, overcrowded — we have evidence that they are selling and charging for liquor we have evidence they are charging interest for the locations. We have evidence there are fights inside these basements.”

Uffre, said police, used an automatic handgun that was believed to be a ghost gun.

Lapatin said there was no relationship between the suspect and victim.

After the shooting, witnesses pointed out a possible shooter, who was apprehended within 15 minutes, Lapatin said.

Encarnacion was found shot and dead in the basement of that home.

Uffre was charged with murder and possession of a ghost gun.

Lapatin said the 26-year-old has a criminal history in Orlando, Florida, and Woonsocket.

Uffre was held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 21.

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