UPDATE: Woman and suspect dead after Westerly shooting
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.