PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police continue to investigate several violent incidents that happened over the weekend, including the city’s 19th homicide of the year.
On Monday, Major David Lapatin identified the victim of the deadly shooting as Jorge Garcia, 38.
Lapatin said officers responded to Broad Street around 9 a.m. and found Garcia suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside Roque’s Café and Restaurant.
Garcia was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to Lapatin, Garcia was eating breakfast with a friend when a man opened the door to the café, pointed his gun at him and fired several shots.
“It was definitely a targeted shooting, and there was a reason for it, and we will find out the reason,” Lapatin added.
No suspects or arrests have been announced so far.
Garcia was one of six shooting victims in Providence between Friday and Sunday, according to Lapatin.
“It’s unusual. It’s a high number,” he said.
In one incident, Lapatin said a man exited his Bellevue Avenue home around 11 p.m. Friday to have a cigarette when and man and woman walked by arguing. After the man on the porch told them to keep it down, the man on the street reached into his bag and shot him.
The victim of that shooting remains in serious condition at this time, Lapatin said Monday.
Around 10 p.m. Sunday, two drivers were involved in an apparent road rage incident after getting “a little too close to each other” in an Atwells Avenue parking lot, according to Lapatin.
As the drivers got out and confronted each other, Lapatin said one of them pulled out a gun. The suspect fired as the victim went to move the gun out of the way, causing a bullet to graze his face.
Lapatin said the other three shootings over the weekend are likely connected, but the people involved are not cooperating.
Despite these incidents, he believes Providence is still safe for residents and visitors, noting how police have taken 158 guns off the streets so far this year.
“We are a pretty large city in this area and sometimes cities have problems like this, but all and all, I think Providence is a safe city,” Lapatin said. “I think the 100,000 or so people that come into the city every weekend will tell you they’re OK with it too.”