(WPRI) — Three people are dead after two stabbings and a shooting took place across Rhode Island on Saturday.
In Cumberland, an altercation occurred on Front Street around 3 p.m. which ended in 40-year-old Otis Diggs being stabbed. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
No arrests have been made and it is not believed to be a random act, police said.
Later that night in Central Falls, police responded to a report of a shooting around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Dexter Street and Sumner Avenue.
The victim, who is only identified as a Hispanic man in his 20s, left work and was walking to his car when he was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Detectives believe the victim worked at a nearby barbershop and the suspect was waiting for him when his shift ended. No arrests have been made.
Police are expected to have a press conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday to give an update.
About an hour later in Pawtucket, police received a call around 10:15 p.m. for a report of a stabbing at 245 Manton Street, lot 216.
The caller, 28-year-old Sharita Watkins, said she stabbed her mother, 53-year-old Mary Melendez. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Watkins gave a full confession at the scene and was arraigned Monday on a charge of domestic violence murder. She was ordered held without bail.
These were the state’s 22nd, 23rd and 24th homicides of the year. R.I. State Police say there were 18 homicides in 2022 and 37 in 2021.
At least 15 homicides in 2023 have involved a firearm, including the one Saturday in Central Falls.
There has also been at least one homicide in each month so far this year.