PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)- Three people have been shot in the capital city in just two days. City council members are now examining what is being done to end the violence.
Police say a 20-year-old Providence man was shot to death while sitting in his car. His 15-year-old sister was also injured. Less than two miles away, a Providence man was shot in his home on Ontario Street one day prior.
“The number of officers we’ve had historically versus the number of officers we have now, we’re down approximately 100 from our peak. Our officers are out there every day doing a good job at what they do,” said city councilor Bryan Principe.
Council president Michael Solomon says the city is working quickly to get dozens of new police officers on the streets.
“I think when you look at crime and when you look at reducing crime, we all play a factor. We all play a role in reducing crime, putting more cops on the streets, keeping rec centers and libraries open. If we work collectively, I think we can reduce crime in our city,” said Solomon.
In his final budget address Mayor Angel Tavares said the Providence Police Department will add 60 new officers by October.