PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One man has died after he was shot in Providence late Thursday night, according to Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin.
As officers responded to Gallup Street around 11:45 p.m., the victim, identified by family members as Dante Mann, 27, of Providence, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This is the city’s 15th homicide of the year.
Lapatin said it appeared that Mann and a group of at least five people were making a music video when a car drove by, a shooter came out and fired several shots at the group. He said they believe members of the group shot back, and that bullets were flying in both directions.
Providence Police Det. Capt. Tim O’Hara said about an hour or two prior to the shooting, there was a fight in the same general area of the neighborhood, but they’re unsure if they are linked.
O’Hara said they are trying to locate videos of the incident and are asking witnesses to come forward with information.
Lapatin acknowledged the recent uptick in violence in Providence and took a moment to try and reassure those living in the city.
“When I say under control I’m talking about control of the weapons, I’m not saying it’s out of control because it’s not. The city is still a very safe place,” Lapatin said. “As you see, most of these shootings are targets, they know who they want to get after. What we’re worried about is stray shots.”
It’s unclear if Mann was the intended target, according to Lapatin.
Mann’s family members tell 12 News he was an up-and-coming rapper known as “SOS DMann.”
They said Mann was filming a music video in memory of his cousin, Tyrone Williams, who was shot and killed in July 2018 on the same street.
As of now, there is no word on any arrests as police are still in the early stages of the investigation.