Suspect in Providence shooting caught on home surveillance camera
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Providence Police detectives are investigating a shooting in the lower south end of the city.
According to officials, they responded to a report of shots fired and a man down on Prairie Ave. near Gallup St. around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.
Officials are also investigating a report of a car fleeing the area at the time of the shooting.
A home near the shooting captured surveillance video of a suspect running away from the scene with a gun in his hand.
“We’re saddened by it. We see the pain and suffering,” said Cedric Huntley, the Interim Executive Director of the Nonviolence Institute. “One homicide is too many.”
He was working around the corner at the time of the shooting and said he heard six shots.
Monday afternoon’s shooting comes after a string of violence in the city.
“We’ve had a couple of recent shootings. We have as we know a couple of very hot disputes going on right now between different groups in the city. It is entirely possible that it is related to a recent shooting or some of the recent gunfire between groups,” said Chief Hugh Clements of the Providence Police Department.
Following the spike in deadly shootings, Huntley’s team is working harder in hotspot communities to try and stop the violence.
“We continue to engage the community. That’s the only way we’re going to figure out why it’s happening and who’s involved,” said Lisa Pina-Warren, the Director of Victim Services at the Nonviolence Institute.
Providence Police officials also say they are increasing the number of officers on the streets in hotspot communities.
As of right now, police say it is too soon to identify the victim’s age and name.
While there are no suspects in custody at this time, the incident continues to be investigated.