PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ One man has died and two other men were seriously wounded after they were shot in the capital city Tuesday afternoon, according to Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin.
The shooting occurred in the area of Corliss Park, near the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, around 4 p.m.
Lapatin said the men were inside a white SUV with two others when they were shot at several times.
He said it appears one of the uninjured men drove the SUV to Rhode Island Hospital while the other stayed at the scene. A 12 News crew saw the SUV parked outside the hospital riddled with bullet holes.
“There were a lot of bullets fired at that car,” Lapatin said.
Police said the man who died arrived at the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
The investigation continued at both scenes overnight and Lapatin said no weapon has been found, and no motive has been identified. Investigators are still looking for a suspect at this time.
The shooting is one of several acts of violence that have occurred recently in the capital city.
Lapatin acknowledged that there has been an uptick in gun violence across the city, but detectives are working diligently to make an arrest in every case.
“We feel terrible for anyone who gets hurt in the city,” he said. “We do our best to protect them.”
Providence City Councilman David Salvatore, who represents the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, condemned the violence Tuesday night.
“This senseless shooting did not just occur by a park and school, but also by Independence House, an affordable housing complex for people with disabilities,” he said in a statement. “Had it been a warm and sunny day, this could have impacted children in the park and residents enjoying the fall weather.”
Salvatore said he’s been in touch with the Providence Police Department on increasing patrols in the North End of the city.
This is the city’s 14th homicide of the year.