PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are investigating after two men were shot and killed outside a nightclub early Saturday morning.
Police said they responded around 2 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the area of Broad and West Friendship streets and arrived to find one man dead and another wounded.
The second man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died.
So far, the two men have only been identified by police as a 27-year-old and a 29-year-old from Boston.
The Board of Licenses held an emergency meeting on Saturday and voted to close Fuego Lounge immediately pending a formal hearing next week.
“Whenever there’s an issue of serious violence and we don’t understand what happened, we are concerned of repeat violence in the same place,” chairman Dylan Conley said. “Those issues are what cause us to close a place down for 72 hours.”
Conley said Fuego Lounge has been cooperating with the investigation, adding that this isn’t the board’s first run-in with the club.
“We’ve had one previous emergency meeting in the past regarding this facility, but they work very well with the police,” he said.
12 News reached out to the club for comment and was referred to their attorney. We are awaiting a response.
The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Providence police at (401) 272-3121.
It was the city’s 14th and 15th homicides of the year.
Gov. Dan McKee, who was visiting Federal Hill on Saturday night, reacted to the recent violence.
“Rely on police in terms of what they understand needs to be done, whether it’s your local police or state police. As a mayor, that’s what I did,” McKee said.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza released the following statement:
The violence we saw in our city last night is beyond inexcusable. We know that our community is already reeling from a global pandemic and now we have experienced even more tragic loss of life due to senseless acts of violence. This is unacceptable. I commend the Providence Police Department for working around the clock to protect our community and bring individuals to justice who are wreaking havoc in Providence. We must all work together– elected officials, public safety officials, faith leaders, business leaders, mentors for our youth, everyone – because we must all be part of the solution.”Mayor Jorge Elorza
Providence City Councilman John Igliozzi also commented on the violence, with a statement that read in part: “Providence is a great city, with great people. Sadly, last night we experienced more violence and loss of life. We cannot allow violence to define our city. Our residents, business owners, and visitors need to feel safe.”
Last Sunday, police responded to four incidents within just a few hours in what Major David Lapatin called a “bad night” for the city.
Miya Brophy-Baermann, 24, of Warwick, was standing in the street and talking to a friend near Roger Williams Green when she was killed in a drive-by shooting. Police said she was an innocent bystander.
Five people were also shot and wounded in a separate incident behind a complex off Reservoir Avenue, and two stabbings also sent two men to the hospital.