Police ID victim of deadly Providence shooting


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are searching for suspects after a man was shot and killed overnight in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

The victim was identified Thursday evening as Jorge L. Gonzalez Colon, 37.

The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Progress and Terrace avenues, according to police.

Gonzalez Colon was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say he was a contractor who was working on a home in the area and knew the family who lived there.

“Spoke to some of the family members and friends of the victim who described him as hard-working and a very good person. They can’t understand why something like this would happen to him,” Detective Capt. Tim O’Hara said Thursday.

No arrests have been made so far but Major David Lapatin said police have some leads.

O’Hara said there’s no evidence that Gonzalez Colon was targeted. The number of shooters is unclear at this time, along with where the shots came from exactly.

The investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to call Providence police at (401) 272-3121.

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