Police: Home invasion ‘one of the most violent in years’


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man was shot and two women were assaulted in a home invasion in Providence overnight, according to police.

Major David Lapatin said the home invasion on Gwinnett Court early Wednesday morning was “one of the most violent in years.”

According to Lapatin, four suspects forced their way into the home shortly before 2 a.m. looking for money.

Lapatin said the suspects shot the 33-year-old homeowner Luis Fernandez, the owner of King Hookah on Broad Street. Lapatin said his injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

Two women in the home at the time were “beaten up badly,” Lapatin said. One suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and the other suffered minor injuries.

Jose Rodriguez, who owns a restaurant next door to the hookah lounge, said he was shocked to hear about what happened.

“He’s a nice guy, I’m surprised about that,” Rodriguez said.

All three victims were transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Lapatin said investigators are checking for surveillance footage in hopes of identifying the suspects.

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