Man wanted in connection with pawn shop shooting

(Photo: Providence Police)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are actively searching for a man believed to be involved in a shooting at a Providence business Friday morning.

According to Deputy Chief Thomas Oates, a man was shot at about 10:30 a.m. inside Capital Gold on Smith Street.

Police said they had two suspects in custody. The first suspect was arrested a couple blocks away on Ayrault Street, while the second was found hiding inside a home at the corner of Wesleyan Avenue and Taylor Street with a gunshot to his torso. The first suffered a non-life-threatening wound to his leg.

Police said Friday night they were also searching for a third suspect – identified as 21-year-old Reginald Isom. According to police, an arrest warrant for Isom has been signed and they believe he is armed and dangerous.

(Photo: Providence Police)
Reginald Isom (Photo: Providence Police)

The victim’s identity has not been released, but Oates said he’s believed to be the owner.

“I usually stop by often, come here and hang out, we’ve been friends for a while,” Kelvin Montero said of the victim. “He’s a good guy, a really good guy. I’ve known him for many years. He’s a funny dude.”

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza responded to the scene, and said the shooting resulted from an attempted robbery.

Police confirmed there were signs of a struggle at the scene, but have not yet said if there was an exchange of gunfire or if there was more than one gun involved.

“We’re throwing all of the resources. This can not happen and we’re going to hold people responsible,” Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said.

“We’re going to make sure whoever did this is brought to justice,” Elorza added.

Police say the victim is expected to survive. Montero said he is a family man – a Warwick husband and father of two. 

“Pawn shops is (sic) not the best business to own anyway if you deal with a lot of people that are usually desperate for money and sometimes that’s just the way it is,” he said.

Anyone with information about Isom’s whereabouts should contact Providence police.

Annie Shalvey contributed to this report.

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