UPDATE: Woman and suspect dead after Westerly shooting

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WESTERLY, R.I (WLNE) – One woman is dead and two others injured after a gunman shot them and then killed himself.

Police say the shooting started around 10:30 Thursday morning at Babcock Village, a subsidized housing facility on Cross Street, less than a mile from Westerly High School. 

The school was put on lockdown by Westerly Police. 

Westerly Hospital also put itself on heightened security. 

Police confirm a total of three victims in the shooting, 47-year-old Julie Cardinal of Westerly, 38-year-old Robin Moss of Cranston, and 66-year-old Donna Thornley of Westerly. 

According to Police, both Moss and Thornyley were sent to area hospitals. 

At last check, Thornley, a resident of Babcock Village is in stable condition, and Moss, a Manager of Babcock Village remains in critical condition. 

According to the police, Cardinal, also a manager of Babcock Village, was dead on scene.  

The suspect was identified as  66-year-old Joseph Giachello, who was a resident of the complex.

Police used a master key to get in to gain access to the unit the suspect where the suspect was staying.

Once they gained access, Rhode Island State Police say they sent in a robot with video capabilities, which determined the suspect was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched in Cardinal’s name and has raised nearly $40,000 for funeral services.   

She is said to be a “beloved mother, daughter, aunt, friend, and overall person.”

Police say this is still an active investigation to try and determine a motive. 

More details will be added as they become available. 

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