Providence police searching for random shooting suspect

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a driver in Providence was shot at during an attempted robbery. According to State Police, the victim used a water bottle to save his own life.

Police said the driver pulled his car over Saturday night on a ramp from Union Avenue to Route 10 so that he could send a text message – when a man walked up to his passenger window and pulled out a gun.

According to police, the suspect demanded the man’s wallet.

“Obviously if the suspect put it in the window, you’re talking maybe a foot away from his face,” said Major Joseph Philbin of the State Police.

Officials said the man quickly threw a bottle of water at the suspect as he ran toward the back of the car. Police said the suspect ran around the front of the car and started shooting. The man’s vehicle was hit twice and another car on the road was also hit.

“He thought pretty quick. He was quick on his feet, just trying to get away from the handgun,” Philbin said.

According to Philbin, if you are ever put in a similar situation, always give the suspect whatever it is they want – don’t try to fight them off.

“I would just avoid any problems, just give them whatever they want,” he said.

Officials said the suspect ran away. Police say he was a while man in his early 20s.

Investigators told Eyewitness News they plan to enhance surveillance video from one of the nearby businesses to get a better look at the suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Providence police.

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