Police ID man killed in Central Falls double shooting

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Central Falls police continue to investigate a shooting Tuesday night that claimed one man’s life and left another wounded.

Police said they responded to the area of the basketball court at Sacred Heart Park around 9 p.m. and found a man lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds.

The man, later identified as Malcolm Sostre, 28, of Central Falls, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A second victim, a 19-year-old man who fled after the shooting, was found about a block away with a gunshot wound to the head, according to police. He was transported to the hospital, according to police, and is expected to recover.

Miguel Liriano (Courtesy: Central Falls Police Department)

“There are no words that will take back last night’s senseless violence, or the irreparable damage and heartache this has caused their families and friends,” Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera said. “Whether you know the victims or their families, the wake of this tragedy is being felt deeply throughout our entire city … We are a small city and all of our hearts are heavy with grief.”

Officers arrested 19-year-old Miguel Liriano around the same time the shooting took place, according to police. But while he’s currently facing firearms charges, police said he’s not considered a suspect.

Police said at this time, they’ve removed the basketball hoops from the court where the shooting took place out of respect for those mourning Sostre’s death.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has additional information is asked to contact the Central Falls Police Department at (401) 727-7411 or the TIPS line at (401) 727-7420. Police said all calls will remain anonymous.

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