PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Officers swarmed a Silver Lake neighborhood Thursday evening following reports of a suspect walking around with a rifle, 12 News has learned.
Providence Police Col. Oscar Perez tells 12 News officers spent hours searching for that suspect near Union Avenue and Ethan Street. Officers were first called to the neighborhood after residents reported hearing gunshots.
Perez said a Toyota Corolla was found with three of its doors open and oil leaking from the engine. Officers also found 13 shell casings on the roadway.
Bullets also pierced the passenger’s side door of the vehicle and two nearby homes, according to police.
Officers were seen searching the neighborhood in tactical gear for the suspect, but didn’t find anyone matching the description.
While no one is in custody at this time, Perez assured everyone that the neighborhood is safe.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.