Police: Man found shot to death in Olneyville neighborhood


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Police in Providence are investigating the city’s eighth homicide of the year.

Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin said officers were called to a parking lot on Pope Street, located in the city’s Olneyville neighborhood, for reports of a shooting.

Lapatin said when officers arrived they found a 25-year-old man shot to death inside one of the vehicles in the parking lot.

Lapatin said no arrests have been made at this time.

The homicide investigation comes on the heels of what police are calling the largest shooting in the city’s history, when nine people were injured in a gun battle between two rival groups in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood.

As detectives canvassed the area, Mayor Jorge Elorza spoke with some of the people who live nearby. He said, “it’s been a long 24 hours.”

“I’m drained,” he said. “It’s really frustrating, it’s really tiring. It’s very sad to see so many people resorting to gun violence to settle their disputes. It’s not the only way, there are other ways.”

Lapatin said at this time it doesn’t appear the two incidents are connected.

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