Gunshot fired outside Providence courthouse; 4 in custody

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Four people were arrested Thursday after a gunshot was fired outside 6th District Court in Providence.

Court officials said the incident started as a disagreement inside the courthouse and spilled out onto Friendship Street. Capitol police called the Providence police who responded to the area after the shot was reported just before 11 a.m.

No one was hit and there were no injuries reported, according to Providence Police Col. Hugh Clements.

Clements said police have taken four suspects into custody and have recovered a firearm that was found outside The Children’s Museum.

Police are now speaking to eyewitnesses and reviewing surveillance footage as part of their investigation.

“There’s tons of video downtown, so we need to piece it all together,” Clements said.

Court spokesperson Craig Berke said the courthouse was placed on lockdown for a short time but has since reopened.