Prosecutors: Barrington shooting may have stemmed from drug deal

Robert Fonseca was arrested in connection with a shooting in Barrington.

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A shooting in Barrington Thursday night may have stemmed from a drug transaction, prosecutors indicated in court on Friday.

The suspect, Robert Fonseca, faced a judge on charges connected to the shooting.

Fonseca, 30, of East Providence, was arrested late Thursday after a 34-year-old man was shot at the corner of Maple Avenue and Kirby Street.

The Barrington Fire Department said the victim was transported from the scene to the hospital for surgery. The man was shot once in the torso, according to police, and is expected to survive.

As of Friday morning, he was still in the hospital.

Fonseca was arraigned Friday on charges of assault with intent to murder, using a firearm in a crime of violence, and carrying a firearm without a licence.

Officials said Fonseca and the victim had never met but knew of each other through an acquaintance. Police believe the shooting happened during some type of argument outside.

“This defendant came out of his car, which was parked at that corner, and fired at least three times,” said prosecutor Daniel Gugliemo. “We found three shell casings at the scene. And at least one of those shots hit the victim in the torso.”

“We have an indication that it was regarding some type of drug transaction,” he continued.

Police said the victim was uncooperative on scene, refusing to give his name or discuss the shooting.

The judge ordered Fonseca held on $50,000 bail with surety. Prosecutors said he has prior marijuana and driving with a suspended license charges.

Police have two other persons of interest in the case but said it’s too early in the investigation to say whether anyone else will be charged.