Gunfire erupts 3 times overnight in Pawtucket; 1 hurt

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after shots rang out three separate times in Pawtucket overnight, leaving one person with an injury.

According to police, the first gunshots were reported at about 10 p.m. near the intersection of Fountain and Japonica Streets. An eyewitness told police that someone in a black sedan fired several rounds into another vehicle.

The second vehicle was occupied at the time, but police said no one was hurt.

About an hour later, police were called to a reported shooting on Benefit Street. Officers said they found bullet holes in the garage of a home and in a vehicle in the driveway.

Several people were on scene, but no one was struck by gunfire, according to police. Residents say it’s not the first time that address was the target of gunfire.

“There are too many shootings around here,” said one man, who declined to be identified. “The past two years, on average, once a month – gunfire. Whether it’s at the park, the street across, this street. It’s crazy.”

Neighbors say they don’t feel safe and they’re worried for their families, especially after dark.

“People gotta watch out for their kids. I mean, people are just driving by, shooting bullets.”

Eyewitness News cameras captured police taking pictures of a silver Jeep, which was later towed from the scene. A man and woman were seen being taken into custody, but police did not confirm if either was a suspect.

Then, at about 2 a.m., police said a man was shot on East Avenue in the area of Pawtucket Avenue. The victim stated he was walking when a dark sedan pulled up beside him and someone inside asked where he was from.

Police said a passenger exited the vehicle and got into a physical altercation with the victim. A firearm was displayed during the struggle and the victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

All three incidents remain under investigation. Police have not confirmed if any are connected.

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