Woman, 19, dies after being shot in Pawtucket

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A homicide investigation is underway in Pawtucket after a 19-year-old woman was shot late Sunday night.

The victim later died from her wounds at the hospital, according to Pawtucket police.

The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. on Japonica Street.

Kassandra Florez, the community liaison for Mayor Donald Grebien’s office, said the city is working with the Nonviolence Institute to help get resources for the victim’s family.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy of last night’s shooting of a young girl. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family,” Florez wrote in a statement.

“These incidents cannot continue to happen in our community, and we have to bring an end to this violence,” she continued.

No word from police on any suspects or what may have led up to the violence.

It’s unclear if Sunday’s shooting is connected in any way to the deadly shooting of a Pawtucket man Saturday on Randall Street.

Mayor Donald Grebien called the two shooting deaths a “heavy loss” for the community.

“We are all grieving,” he said in a statement. “Pawtucket is our home and should be safe for our families. Shootings like the ones that have happened this weekend need to be addressed.”

Grebien said the city plans to continue working with the Nonviolence Institute to help the families of the victims. He also encouraged residents to reach out to police with any ideas on how the city can address the violence.

“We need to heal as a community and through a committed effort we can find lasting solutions to the violence that has occurred,” he said.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Justin Gould at (401) 727-7100 ext. 723 or jgould@pawtucketpolice.com, or Detective Andrew Torres at (401) 727-9100 ext. 769 or atorres@pawtucketpolice.com.

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