Providence police investigating 4 deadly shootings within 2 weeks


Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the victims’ names.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are actively investigating the city’s sixth and seventh homicides of the year, but do not believe those two incidents are connected.

While providing an update on a deadly overnight shooting, Major David Lapatin on Friday announced the victim of a shooting last week has also died.

Brandin McKinney, 27, of Providence, was one of two men shot in the area of Hawkins Street on the night of April 15. The second victim, a 43-year-old man, is still recovering, according to police.

Around midnight Thursday, a woman called police reporting that her boyfriend had been shot on Indiana Avenue.

Nickolas DiPanni, 31, of Smithfield, later died at the hospital, Lapatin said, adding that police believe that shooting stemmed from an argument over a “low-level drug transaction.”

No arrests have been made so far in either case. Lapatin asked anyone with information to come forward.

He also noted that car crashes reported in the area around the same time were not related.

The city’s fourth and fifth homicides, which also took place last week, remain under investigation as well.

Isaias Bulus, 21, was found shot to death inside a parked car on Atlantic Avenue on April 12, and Joshua Costa, 31, was shot and killed inside an autobody shop on Harris Avenue on April 16.

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