Providence police ID victim of deadly shooting as search for scene continues

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police continue to investigate the city’s first homicide of the year, despite not having much evidence to go on.

The victim was identified by police Monday as Tillman Hodge, 44.

According to Major David Lapatin, Hodge was brought to Rhode Island Hospital with a gunshot wound around 7:15 a.m. Sunday. He died a short time later.

At this time, investigators have no possible suspects, leads, or even a crime scene.

However, while looking for the scene, police found the car that transported Hodge to the hospital a couple of blocks away on Rhodes Street. Inside it, they discovered bullets which are now being analyzed, Lapatin said, but there were no shell casings, broken glass, or evidence of a crime scene nearby.

Police haven’t released a description of the vehicle but said the license plates didn’t match.

People who live nearby tell 12 News they don’t believe the shooting happened in their neighborhood.

“I really think there is something suspicious going on because everybody really knows each other. We are all family and a family on this street,” Jose Tores said. “So for that to happen, I think they just picked this street because it was by the hospital.”

Lapatin said police have interviewed Hodge’s family and people they described as witnesses to gather as much information as they can without a crime scene.

“We do what we can with what we have,” Lapatin said.

“I have all the confidence that we will definitely come up with a scene and then hopefully continue that on to make a apprehension,” he added.

Anyone who has information or may have heard gunshots around the time of the shooting is asked to contact Providence police at (401) 272-3121.

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