Teen shot in neck in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a teen was shot in the neck early Saturday morning in Providence.

According to Providence police, officers on routine duty heard four or five gunshots in the area of Narragansett Avenue and Rutherglen Avenue around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Officers briefly pursued a vehicle — identified by police as a newer model Jeep Cherokee — which left the area quickly. The Jeep was stopped near the intersection of Melrose Street and Lexington Avenue.

Three men, ages 19, 20, and 22 — as well as a 17-year-old — exited the vehicle.

According to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News, when the17-year-old stepped out from the front passenger seat, he was “grasping his neck and bleeding significantly.”

Police said the teen was shot twice in the neck and once in the arm. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital and is currently listed in stable condition, police confirmed.

No other injuries were reported.

According to police, a nurse at the hospital found plastic bags of heroin and cocaine among the victim’s clothing, which were later turned over to police.

Police said one of the other men in the car — 19-year-old George Lasalle — was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for carrying a stun gun.

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