PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot and run over by a car in Providence over the weekend.
Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin said officers responded Monday night to a report of shots fired in the area of Hanover and Ford streets.
When police arrived on scene, Lapatin said they found David Lozada, of Providence, suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
The initial investigation revealed Lozada was walking down the street when someone began shooting at him from an oncoming vehicle, according to Lapatin.
“That’s when the victim fell to the ground and was subsequently run over by the person in the car,” Lapatin said. “It was a brutal murder.”
Lozada was rushed to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Lapatin believes the victim was targeted and knew the area well.
“He lived there a year or two ago, but he lives in a different community now,” Lapatin said.
Lozada’s death is the city’s 11th homicide of the year.
Jose Mejia, who used to work for the Providence Police Department, tells 12 News he’s lived on Ford Street for 15 years.
“We are now part of that list of murders,” he said of his neighborhood. “We never expect to be on that list of murders, but things happen.”
Despite the incident, Mejia reassured his neighbors that the streets are safe.
“We take care of this street. We don’t want something like this to happen,” he added.
Lapatin said the investigation is ongoing and he expects more information to be released soon.