6 indicted in ‘gang shootout’ that wounded 9 in Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Six men are facing charges for their alleged involvement in what prosecutors call a “gang-related shooting” in Providence.

Nine people were wounded in the May 13 shooting on Carolina Avenue, according to police.

On Monday, the Providence County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging George Rios, Ricardo Cosme Tejada, Reynaldo Rivera, Jordanny Britto, Daniel Carides, and David Carides Jr. in connection with the shooting, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office announced.

Prosecutors allege Rios, Cosme Tejada, Rivera and Britto drove to a home, got out of their vehicle and opened fire at members of a rival gang who were on the front porch, injuring four people.

At least two people on the porch, including Daniel Carides and a juvenile, returned fire at the group, wounding all four men, according to prosecutors. They drove themselves to the hospital.

Police said they recovered 51 shell casings of varying sizes from the scene. Inside the home, officers seized a number of firearms, including a 9mm ghost gun, a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 with the serial number removed, a Sig Sauer P229 9mm with the serial number removed, a Beretta 9mm, a Polymer80 PF.45 caliber ghost gun, a Glock 26 9mm with the serial number removed, a Polymer80/Glock slide semi-automatic pistol, a rifle, and two BB guns.

Investigators also seized more than 500 rounds of ammunition in various calibers, as well as 12 pistol and rifle magazines, four of which were large-capacity magazines able to hold more than 30 rounds.

“The shootings we have seen in Providence over the last several months have been driven by several things: the wide availability of illegal guns, the number of rounds being fired and the use in many instances of high-capacity magazines, and people too willing to resolve often inconsequential disputes at the point of a gun,” Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a news release.

“As alleged in court documents, these six individuals turned a peaceful Providence neighborhood into their own personal shooting range,” he continued. “Such conduct is incredibly dangerous, far too often deadly, and remains a principal focus of our prosecutorial resources. Action will be swift and the legal consequences significant.”

The AG’s office said Rios, Cosme Tejada, Rivera, and Britto are scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 5, while Daniel Carides and David Carides Jr. will appear in court the following week on Nov. 12.

Rios, 19, faces four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of discharge of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of conspiracy, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Cosme Tejada, 21, faces four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of discharge of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of conspiracy, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Rivera, 19, faces four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of discharge of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of conspiracy, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Britto, 21, faces four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of discharge of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of conspiracy, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Since prosecutors allege the assault charges were gang-related, all four suspects would be subject to a criminal street gang sentencing enhancement if convicted, according to the AG’s office.

Daniel Carides, 26, faces one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of discharge of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, two counts of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a firearm while in the possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a ghost gun, and one count of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

David Carides Jr., 24, faces one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a firearm while in the possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a ghost gun, and one count of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

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