Violence in Pawtucket frustrates neighbors

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Neighbors in Pawtucket were still shaken Monday after a deadly shooting on their street over the weekend.

Mourners placed candles and memorabilia outside 198 Sisson Street in honor of a 21-year-old man who was killed inside that home Saturday afternoon.

While officials have not released the identity of the victim, police did release a statement saying they believe the incident was not a random act of violence and that the young man was targeted.

Meanwhile, neighbors are anxious for change. “It’s crazy, something needs to be done. Especially not even a month ago the other kid died. Now it’s this one. What’s going to happen next?” said one woman.

Just hours after the Sisson Street fatal shooting, Pawtucket Police Department responded to 132 Harrison Street around 4 a.m. early Sunday morning for a report of shots fired. No one was injured.

On Halloween a few weeks ago, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot on Harrison Street. 

Eyewitness News dug into police reports and found that these incidents are no longer uncommon in the city. Pawtucket has had 24 shootings reported to police since the beginning of June.

Director of Public Safety Tony Pires agreed that the number is high. “As long as there are illegal activities going on it is undoubtedly a problem and causes difficulty within a neighborhood,” he said.

Pires also said he wished he could show residents how aggressively they were fighting crime but that much of their work is done undercover. “The reality of the situation is we have done about 35 or so drug raids throughout the city within the first nine to 10 months of this year,” Pires said.

Police are still investigating the Sisson Street shooting.