‘You could hear the screams, you can hear the shock’: Cranston store owner describes moments after man was shot

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — “Last night, I happened to be in the shop and I heard a shot and ran outside,” Dennis Horton, a store owner, described the moments after a man was shot in Cranston Wednesday night.

“You could hear the screams. You could hear people — the shock,” Horton told ABC 6 News.

Wednesday, police said that the 37-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, was first stabbed in Providence after an argument and then shot in Cranston.

Cranston Police Maj. Todd Patalano said the victim went into a convenience store, asking to call 911 and that he had been stabbed.

“Shortly thereafter, when he went outside, he was met by a female who was involved in this incident,” the major told ABC 6.

Then, the suspect, later identified as Michael McCombs, showed up and shot the man outside the store before officers arrived, Patalano said. He was found lying on the curb bleeding profusely.

“Even last night, once I get to look around, there’s blood drops — there’s trails all over in front of us right now. It goes all the way around the corner,” Horton, who’s lived in Silver Lake section of Providence for more than 40 years and owns his business in Cranston, told ABC 6.

The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

Patalano said they were able to find the 33-year-old suspect after speaking with some witnesses, which helped them come up with a vehicle of interest along with two suspects they felt were responsible for this.

“We were able to piece it together based on people — some of the people that were actually involved in the incident — so that was very helpful,” he said.

McCombs — who police said knew the victim — was arrested overnight and faced a judge Thursday morning.

Now that the 33-year-old has been arrested, Horton believes, at the moment, that “the world’s a safer place” and credits Cranston police for their swift response.

“Major Patalano runs a real right ship and that’s how things get done,” said Horton.

It’s unclear at this time if McCombs is also responsible for stabbing the victim in Providence.

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