Man shot in Providence; police searching for motorcycle rider

(Tim Garcia/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police are investigating after a man was shot Sunday afternoon on Newark Street.

Commander Thomas Verdi of the Providence Police Department said the 37-year-old man was shot just before 2 p.m. and taken to Rhode Island Hospital by someone else in a private vehicle.

The victim, identified by police as Pablo Baez, was listed in stable condition at last check. Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Police do not have any suspects in custody. They said they’re looking for the operator of a blue and white motorcycle that was seen leaving the area, believing that person to be the shooter. The motorcycle rider was wearing a white helmet, according to police.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard several shots fired and said the house has been the site of previous incidents.

“I was watching TV and heard maybe six or seven shots and they were really close and I automatically knew it was the white house down the block because of what goes on there and what comes out of there,” Conchetta Paolini said.

Paolini has lived in the neighborhood for about four years and said it’s unfortunately gone downhill.

“You just don’t feel safe, you don’t feel safe in this neighborhood anymore,” Paolini said. “You can’t go anywhere anymore without carrying a knife because you’re always constantly being harassed.”

Paolini said she wants Providence police to step up their presence in the area and do more to return peace of mind to residents.

“You should be able to live safe without having to worry about getting shot or somebody breaking into your house,” she added. “It’s pretty sad. It really is.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Providence Police Department at (401) 272-3121.