Police: 9 wounded in Providence, Rhode Island, shooting – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) – Nine people were wounded in Rhode Island’s capital Thursday evening. Police believe this will be the biggest shootout in city history.

Of the nine, three had serious injuries and were “perhaps critical,” Providence police chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told local reporters.

He said multiple weapons were used and that it was an “ongoing feud” involving two groups known to the authorities. He said the shooting started with gunshots emanating from a vehicle aimed at a house. A person or persons in the house then returned fire. He described the participants as “young men”.

The filming took place shortly before 7 p.m. in the southeast area of ​​Washington Park, which Clements described as a typically quiet area.

Clements said an estimated several dozen shots were fired. Evidence marks could be seen in the distance, showing where more than a dozen cartridges were on the floor. The police cordoned off the area.

No arrests were made. Clements emphasized that the investigation was in the early stages. There were detectives in the hospital who interviewed the victims between the ages of 19 and 25. Further details about her identity have not been released.

He said police had taken steps to get guns off the streets and called the shooting “very disappointing”. The suspects and the victims “could be the same,” he said, without giving any further details.

“There will be names you might recognize. We certainly know from police work, ”Clements told reporters.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza also spoke to the media on site and asked questions in both English and Spanish.

“I’ve spoken to some of the neighbors and they are all shaken,” he said, adding that he had promised additional patrols and security in the neighborhood for the next few days.

Prior to that shootout, Providence had seen 19 gunshot and seven murder victims by gunfire in 2021, Clements said.

Elorza also admonished townspeople to stop using gun violence to settle feuds and criticized the immediate availability of guns.

“This has to stop,” said Elorza. “The young people involved believe that the way to resolve their disputes is with a pistol – I mean, that cannot be the way.”

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