Arrest made in early-morning Providence shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence Police say they have one person in custody following an early morning shooting.

Officers were called to the intersection of Huxley Avenue and Eaton Street near Providence College around 1:00 a.m. Saturday. There they found a silver Hyundai parked in the street, with several bullet holes in the rear window, four shell casings in the street, and a 29 year-old Providence man in the driver’s seat who had been shot in the arm.

The victim’s brother told police that they had been in separate cars, parked side-by-side and talking to each other, when a blue Volvo SUV pulled up behind his brother’s Hyundai and started honking its horn. The people in the SUV also yelled at the victim to move.

The victim told detectives that he got out of his car and got into an argument with the people in the SUV, at which point a man got out of the passenger side of the SUV with a gun in his hand. The victim said he then got back into his own car and was shot, realizing that he had been hit in the right arm when he couldn’t put his car in drive to leave.

After the shooting, the Volvo left the scene towards Eaton Street. Police ran the plates on the SUV and traced it to 37 year-old Willie Washington of Smithfield; other officers called up his photo and arrest history and decided to drive past Washington’s girlfriend’s house on nearby Mowry Street, where they saw Washington’s brother and another man they couldn’t immediately identify near a pickup truck parked next to the home.

About an hour later, officers stopped that same truck on Admiral Street, and when the truck finally stopped the front-seat passenger, who they identified as Willie Washington, jumped out and ran. Police caught him in a nearby driveway and arrested him.

Washington will be charged with one count of felony assault; his brother, who had been driving the truck at the time of the stop, was questioned but released by police without being charged.

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