Providence police ID man killed in New Year’s Day shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police say two young children were inside a Unit Street home in Providence when a man was fatally shot New Year’s Day.

While the children were not hurt, the victim – now identified as Cristian Peña, 23 – was pronounced dead at Roger Williams Medical Center.

Authorities said the shots were fired into the home from the street around 8 p.m. and investigators found multiple shell casings in the street.

Providence Police Lt. Richard Fernandes said Peña’s friends drove him to the hospital.

Peña was the only person who was shot. There were five other people inside the home at the time, according to police, including a 12-month-old and a 10-day old, neither of whom are related to the victim.

No arrests have been made yet, but police believe the victim was targeted. Police said it’s possible there were two suspects and it’s believed they left in a gray sedan. It’s unclear at this time if there was a getaway driver.

Police also noted that Peña was known to them.

The events leading up to the shooting are still being investigated. This is the first homicide of the year in Providence.