Family mourns victim of deadly Pawtucket shooting

A police cruiser outside a home on Sisson St. in Pawtucket. Photo: Corey Welch.
A police cruiser outside a home on Sisson St. in Pawtucket. Photo: Corey Welch.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Family members of a 21-year-old Pawtucket man are searching for answers after he was shot and killed Saturday afternoon.

“It’s hard,” said Jay Baptista, the victim’s uncle and godfather, in an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News Sunday.

Baptista visited the home at 198 Sisson Street where police said his nephew was shot in the chest around 3 p.m. Saturday; he later died at the hospital. Police have not yet released the victim’s name, but believe he was targeted.

“There has to be some type of vendetta or something like that,” Baptista said. “I have no idea where it could have come from. He’s not a bad kid, and it’s really sad.”

Baptista said his nephew had recently been released from prison, and was trying to change his ways.

“He was trying to better his life, and now he can’t,” said Baptista.

Now Baptista is hopeful whoever is responsible for the crime is brought to justice. Pawtucket Police Major Tina Goncalves says they are pursuing several leads in this case.