Nine people were wounded in a crime”>shooting< capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city history.
Of the nine, three had serious injuries and were “maybe critical,” Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told reporters at the scene.
He said multiple guns were used and it involved an “ongoing feud” involving two groups known to authorities. He said the shooting began with gunfire emanating from a vehicle, targeting a home. A person or people inside the home then returned fire. He described the participants as “young men.”
Authorities respond to the scene where multiple people were wounded in a shooting, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/William J. Kole)
(AP Photo/William J. Kole)
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“There’ll be names you may recognize; we certainly know from police work,” Clements told reporters.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza also addressed media at the scene, fielding questions in both English and Spanish.
“I’ve spoken with a number of the neighbors, and everyone is shaken,” he said, adding that he’s promised extra patrols and security in the neighborhood for the coming days.
Prior to this shooting, Providence had seen 19 gunshot victims and seven homicide victims by gunfire in 2021, Clements said.
Elorza also exhorted city residents to stop using gun violence to settle feuds, and criticized the ready availability of guns.
“This has to stop,” Elorza said. “The young people involved, believing that the way to solve their disputes is with a handgun — I mean, that can’t be the way.”