Police: Man shot, killed in robbery gone wrong at Providence laundromat


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed inside a Providence laundromat Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred at the Laundromax on Broad Street around 8 p.m.

Providence Police Major David Lapatin said the shooting appears to have been a robbery gone wrong.

“The suspect walked in, put a gun to [the victim’s] back and demanded the jewelry he had around his neck,” Lapatin explained. “The victim struggled with him and the gun went off.”

The victim, whom Lapatin identified as a man in his 30s, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Lapatin said the male suspect ran off and has yet to be apprehended.

This is Providence’s 21st homicide of the year.

“It’s painful for all of us,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said. “There’s a lot of anger combined with a lot of guns, and that’s a really potent and bad mix.”

Elorza said they’re in the process of notifying the victim’s family, who isn’t from the United States.

Lapatin said police are still gathering evidence and developing a description of the suspect.

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