Providence police investigating after 20-year-old man is shot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police say a man is in critical condition after being shot early Sunday morning.

It happened at about 3:15 a.m. at 66 Pembroke Ave. Providence Police have identified the victim as 20-year-old Joshua Mendez.

According to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News, Mendez had gunshot wounds to his right arm and left hip; a bullet had also grazed his head.

Police have not arrested a suspect in the shooting, but witnesses told police the suspected gunman was a short, light-skinned man wearing a white sweatshirt. Those witnesses told police the man ran from the home after firing his gun multiple times.

Police who responded to the scene said they saw a crowd of roughly 300 people running from the area; they say some of the crowd became unruly.

Officers arrested Delvin Centeio, 18, of Boston, on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction. Police said he yelled at police, attempted to get into the ambulance with Mendez and pushed a police sergeant. One officer was injured while arresting Centeio and went to a hospital for treatment, according to the report.

The report said officers found a blood stain and a bullet on the second floor of the home.

The multi-family home is advertised as off-campus student rentals and sits just blocks from Providence College.

The owner of the property, Gus DelFarno, told Eyewitness News his tenants are mainly Johnson and Wales and Providence College students. He said he was shocked by the news of the incident, and said it’s unacceptable and will not be tolerated. DelFarno said he owns 10 houses on Pembroke and has been leasing them for six years; he said this is his first incident at any of his properties.

According to an alert sent to students by Providence College, the victim was a local student but not a Providence College student.

The site of Sunday’s shooting is just down the street from another shooting in January at 92 Pembroke Avenue. Police said someone was also stabbed at 92 Pembroke Avenue in September of 2016.