PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have identified the three men who were shot Tuesday outside of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf in Providence.
Deshaun Dure, 19, died from his injuries later that evening at Rhode Island Hospital while Omotayo Cole Adedeji, 19, and Aaron Gomes, 20, remain hospitalized, according to Lindsay Lague, a spokesperson for the Providence Police Department.
The three victims were inside a white SUV when they were shot at, police said, and they were reportedly driven to the hospital by a fourth occupant who was not injured.
No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation. It was the city’s 14th homicide of the year.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting or can provide additional information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Fabio Zuena at (401) 243-6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence City Councilman David Salvatore, who represents the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, expressed his frustration with the ongoing violence in the capital city.
He said two community forums will be held in the upcoming days to address the violence. One will take place Thursday evening in the Wanskuck neighborhood, and another will be held on Sunday in the Elmhurst neighborhood.
Members of the Providence Police Department will be present at both meetings, Salvatore said, adding that it’s paramount they be there to address community member’s concerns.
“A precious, young life was lost and I don’t think this should be lost in this conversation,” Salvatore said. “We have to come together as a community and work together with our public safety officials so this does not continue to be the crisis it has been for the past several months.”
Salvatore is not alone in his push to address the violence.
Eight other city councilors also banded together Wednesday afternoon to call on Mayor Jorge Elorza to address the recent uptick in crime.
“We cannot allow the quality of life of our residents to be further impacted by the violence crimes happening in our neighborhoods,” Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan said. “We need to properly staff our department and give police the support and tools they need to keep residents safe.”
In response to the city councilors’ request, Michael Imondi, president of Providence FOP Lodge #3, said while they’re thankful for the support the department is receiving, “we find it somewhat disheartening and concerning to see that not all members of the city council feel there is a need for more police presence and proactive policing in their specific areas, compromising the safety of the communities they represent.”
“We do hope this seemingly renewed call to increase our ranks and to address the crime in our city will in fact be realized and implemented,” he continued.
In a statement to 12 News, Elorza criticized Council President Sabina Matos for wanting to shift funding away from the police department while also hiring more officers to address the uptick in violence.
“You can’t have it both ways,” Elorza said, adding that a new police academy can’t begin until a budget is passed.
Elorza said in the meantime, the city is focused on expanding intervention strategies to address mental health, providing community-based outreach and providing outlets for residents, like the upcoming gun buyback program.
“While violent crimes like these undoubtedly affect our entire community, our Providence Police are as focused as ever to ensure we are keeping our residents safe,” he said.