WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police say the man suspected of shooting four people overnight in Woonsocket has turned himself in.
Zackary Alvarado, 19, turned himself in Friday after an warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police were called to two separate scenes around 1 a.m. after a pair of reported shootings in Woonsocket early Friday morning.
Crime tape and police cruisers were blocking the scene on River Street, and also on Bernon Street near the Truman Bypass.
The fire department confirmed that four people were taken to the hospital. All four are expected to survive.
Eyewitness News spoke with the owner of Aly’s Pub across the street from the shooting on River Street. He was not a witness to the shooting, but did have surveillance video of the altercation.
“Something happened in the parking lot across the street, over at the other bar and they started chasing each other through the parking lot. A car stopped in the middle of the road here on River Street. People got out, they were yelling at a car sitting in the parking lot. Next thing you know, some guy got out of that car, waving a gun. People started to run and he just started shooting,” explained Tom Bouckaert, owner of Aly’s Pub.
Another eyewitness — who watched the situation unfold from the safety of his home — said there was a loud alteration between two women outside the bar. He said the shooter pulled into the parking lot, started shooting, and then drove off.
Two people each were said to have been shot at both locations.
One female victim came to Aly’s Pub to get help after she was shot in the leg.
“The bars were letting out at that time so there was a large crowd in the parking lot,” said Detective Jaime Chamberland.
Alvarado is being charged with four counts each of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, firing in a compact area, disorderly conduct, and license or permit required for carrying a pistol.
John Gordon lives near where the crimes took place — he told Eyewitness News he knows Alvarado’s family. “I think they are a very religious family from where he comes from. I’m not too sure what he got into and how he got messed up on it,” Gordon said.
Alvarado is expected to go in front of a bail commissioner late Friday.