Several people injured in melee outside Providence club


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Six people were hurt in a melee outside a Providence club just after closing time Sunday morning.

Lt. Luis San Lucas of the Providence Police Department told Eyewitness News that police were called to 16 Bridge Street at about 2:20 a.m. for a report of a disturbance. There, they found a large crowd leaving clubs in the area, and discovered several people suffering from “lacerations,” San Lucas said.

All the victims are in their 20s; three were taken to Rhode Island Hospital by the Providence Fire Department, one drove himself there, and the fifth drove himself to the VA Medical Center. A sixth person was struck by a vehicle at the scene. San Lucas said that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

No arrests have been made yet, but detectives do have a description of at least one suspect.

At a Board of Licenses meeting Sunday afternoon at police headquarters, the board decided to temporarily close Whiskey Republic until another hearing can take place Tuesday afternoon. Although police admit the bar is not at fault, Whiskey Republic will be closed for 72 hours out of an abundance of caution, and so police can continue to investigate.

“They would like the board to use its emergency closure powers to ensure public safety,” testified Providence police Sergeant David Tejada at Sunday’s meeting. “It was a serious incident that occurred. There are still some assailants potentially at large and it’s of great concern.”

Police say the fight did not begin inside the club, and management is cooperating with the investigation.

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