PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a violent weekend in Providence.
According to Maj. David Lapatin, seven people were sent to the hospital with injuries suffered in five separate incidents.
Two women were struck by gunfire Sunday afternoon while walking on Health Avenue, Lapatin said. One woman was shot in the shoulder while the second was hit in the wrist. Neither injury is considered serious.
Lapatin identified the suspect in that shooting as 21-year-old Jimmy Seth of Cranston. He’s currently wanted by police and is considered to be armed and dangerous.
It’s believed the violence stemmed from an argument earlier in the day.
A man was also shot Saturday night while sitting on a porch on Hartford Avenue. The victim was identified Monday as 22-year-old Kiplagott Stewart.
“Mr. Stewart was attended to immediately by rescue personnel and transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he remains now in critical condition,” Lapatin said.
No suspects have been identified in that case.
In addition to the two shootings, Lapatin said there was also a third shooting and a pair of stabbings over the weekend.
Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, a stabbing inside the Biltmore garage sent two men to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“Two suspects were apprehended,” Lapatin said.
Lapatin said officers were called to Rhode Island Hospital at about 5:15 a.m. Sunday for a man with a serious stab wound, which it appeared he will survive. Police looked for a crime scene along Smith Street in the area of Oakland Avenue. That incident remains under investigation.
At about 8:30 that evening, a man identified as Lawrence Crowell was shot during a party on Comstock Avenue. He was self-transported to Rhode Island Hospital with a non-life-threatening wound, Lapatin said.
According to Lapatin, the violence appeared to have no connection to this weekend’s PrideFest.
“Downtown we had an excess of 40,000, 50,000 people and had very minor incidents. We were happy for that,” he said. “Hopefully we won’t lose any lives over this and we will step up our patrols in the upcoming weeks.”
Police have not made any indication that the incidents are connected but officials said they will be stepping up patrols.
Anyone with information should call the Providence Police Department at (401) 272-3121.