Westerly Police: Shooter Obtained Weapon Two Days Before Attack

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PROVIDENCE (WLNE)–Westerly Police released new details today from the fatal shooting at Babcock Village.

According to a statement from Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey, suspected shooter Joseph Giachello purchased a 38-caliber revolver from Hope Valley Bait and Tackle in Wyoming, Rhode Island on November 11. 

That gun was picked up by Giachello on December 17, two days before the shooting that claimed the life of Babcock Village employee Julie Cardinal and sent another employee and a resident to the hospital.

Police said Giachello had received a letter terminating his residence at the housing complex for violating the smoking policy.

That letter was dated November 12.

Giachello received a notice from one of the shooting victims, employee Robin Moss, on November 21, informing him of an adjustment to his rent, according to the statement from police.

A second notice to Giachello, dated December 12, was served by Julie Cardinal, police said.

Further details surrounding the shooting remain under investigation.