Conflicting stories make investigation into overnight shooting difficult

Providence police investigate after a man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with a gunshot wound.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An uncooperative victim and witnesses are making it difficult for Providence police to get to the bottom of an overnight shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

Police said they were called to Rhode Island Hospital around 11:50 p.m. Sunday after a silver Honda with two flat tires dropped off a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News, a bullet grazed the head of Ronny Sen, 23. While he would need stitches, the report said Sen’s injuries were not life-threatening.

During the investigation, officers said they tracked down the Honda that dropped Sen off, finding it in the front parking lot of Women and Infants Hospital.

Trying to determine where the shooting took place, police questioned three of the people believed to be in the car at the time. Maj. David Lapatin said the witnesses each told police a different version of what happened.

Police said Sen, when interviewed, also gave a conflicting account of the shooting and told police he did not want to make a complaint.

One of the locations provided to officers was the Zona Lounge on Niantic Avenue, right over the Providence border in Cranston.

That’s police found several Cranston officers already on the scene. According to the police report, police found eight shell casings in front of the lounge. A witness there also told police they heard gunshots and saw two cars driving away.

Lapatin said police are investigating whether two cars were shooting at each other. He said the incident may be gang-related.

Eyewitness News has been working this story since it first broke overnight. Below is video of Brian Yocono’s report on Eyewitness News This Morning as the story was still developing:

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