Community urging peace in wake of Providence shootings

Bridgham Street and Elmwood Avenue (Photo: WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating two shootings in Rhode Island’s capital city.

Gun violence erupted on the streets of Providence between 9:45 and 11:30 p.m. Thursday — fortunately, police said all of the victims are expected to survive.

Police told Eyewitness News that the first shooting was on Bridgham Street at approximately 9:48 p.m.

According to Lt. Julie Pryde of the Providence Police Dept., a man was shot in the leg and a woman was also injured. Pryde said the woman had a foot injury, but it was unclear whether she was shot.

Pryde said both victims were shot while standing outside of a vehicle and were transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The other incident happened on Eddy Street near Aldrich Street at approximately 11:20 p.m., according to Pryde.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a sedan containing three men that had been hit in an apparent drive-by.

According to police, a man unknown to the victims pulled up in a silver car and fired at the vehicle.Pryde said two men inside the vehicle were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police documents, the victims are both scenes were uncooperative with investigators.

At this time, police said they do not have any suspects in either situation — nor do officers have information on whether the shootings are related.

Three local men — Lamonte Thomas, Ricky Ledo, and Corey Wright Jr. — told Eyewitness News they are saddened by the violence and want to turn the community around. They are hosting a community discussion and basketball tournament Friday night with professional players, in hopes of stopping the violent trend.

“It hurts me because I’m a prime examples — and we’re all prime examples — that you can be from a community like this and still make it. You just have to focus and be around positive things. And have positive thoughts all the time. Positive thoughts lead to positive action,” said Thomas, the founder of Build PVD.

The tournament will be at Alvarez High School, from 6 to 9 p.m.


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