Men charged in Providence gang shootout to be released on home confinement


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Four men accused of engaging in a gang-related shootout in Providence that wounded nine people faced a judge on Friday.

Jordanny Britto, 19, Ricardo Cosme Tejada, 21, George Rios, 19, and Reynaldo Rivera, 19, pleaded not guilty to various charges including assault with a dangerous weapon.

Superior Court Judge Robert Krause ordered all four men to be placed on home confinement. They’ll be held at the ACI until the conditions for their confinement are worked out.

Prosecutors say it was a clash between two rival gangs that led to the May 13 shooting on Carolina Avenue. Britto, Cosme Tejada, Rios and Rivera are accused of driving up to a home and opening fire on a group on the front porch.

Two other men — Daniel Carides, 26, and David Carides Jr., 24 — returned fire, according to prosecutors. They’re due in court next week.

“This case really has all the ingredients of the things that make violence in Providence and beyond so dangerous. Young men, driven by gang disputes, petty disputes, but gang disputes, with a history of violence, trying to resolve those differences at the point of a gun,” Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha said.

On Monday, the Providence County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging all six men in connection with the shootout. More than 50 shots were fired, prosecutors said, and several illegal guns were seized, along with high-capacity magazines and ammunition.

Britto, Cosme Tejada, Rios and Rivera were arraigned Friday on four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, three counts of conspiracy, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

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