Providence police: 35-year-old man shot several times in robbery attempt


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are investigating a shooting and attempted robbery on Elmwood Avenue early Saturday morning.

Lt. Joseph Dufault told Eyewitness News a 35-year-old man was shot several times in the lower body in the middle of the road on Elmwood Avenue. He was taken into surgery at Rhode Island Hospital Saturday morning, and is expected to survive.

Police said they arrested a suspect who was also taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the arm. The man faces a firearms charge with more charges pending.

Dufault said he was patrolling the city early Saturday when he heard gunshots and saw a fight happening on Elmwood. He pursued the suspects, who fled in a car down Webster Avenue. There, a male suspect fled the car on foot and was apprehended on Elmdale Avenue, he said.

Police said they found the gun on Webster Avenue. They also located the car — which had another gun inside — abandoned on Pocasset Avenue.

At last check Saturday morning, police were still looking for a second suspect who allegedly drove the car.

Police do not believe the suspects and victim knew each other, and said everyone involved was at a nightclub on Elmwood Avenue before the incident.

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