Suspects arrested, gunman sought in Providence nightclub shooting


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a man was shot while inside a Providence nightclub overnight.

The shooting at Flow was followed by a police chase over the line in Cranston, police said.

According to a Providence Police report, the gun was fired into the entrance of the club, and a bullet went through a wall before striking the victim on the dance floor in the back.

Police were called, and found the victim on the ground inside around 12:30 a.m. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery.

The man suspected of shooting him is not yet in custody, according to Providence Major David Lapatin, though two other men have been arrested in connection with the case.

The report describes a chaotic scene, where police were trying to help the victim while dispersing a crowd of 25 to 30 people.

Meanwhile, two suspects had fled in a Chevy Malibu into Cranston, according to the report. Cranston Police attempted to stop the car but it took off, according to Cranston Major Todd Patalano, before crashing on Old Oak Avenue.

Both suspects ran on foot before being caught by Cranston Police, Patalano said. Derek Mensah, 25, was the driver, according to police. Officers also found a bag of Oxycodone pills.

Derek Mensah

Mensah was charged with eluding police and conspiracy along with drug charges and traffic violations. It’s unclear what charges he will face in Providence.

Lapatin confirmed the second suspect in custody is Robert Sudue, and he said police believe Sudue fired a weapon at the club but did not hit anyone. Police are still seeking the suspect who shot the victim.

Police also recovered a revolver with the help of a Rhode Island State Police K-9.

According to a police report, a security guard at Flow said Sudue pointed a gun at him and knocked off his hat while another suspect searched his pockets.

The security guard noted that Mensah, the alleged getaway driver, did not have a gun and was trying to get the other suspects to leave the club with him.

Court records say Sudue is charged by Providence Police with felony assault, carrying a gun without a license, and firing in a compact area. He’s charged by Cranston Police with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a gun without a license and conspiracy.

Managers from Flow gave police surveillance video that showed a suspect firing the gun into the doorway of the club as he ran away, according to the report.

The club is expected to appear before the Providence Board of Licenses at an emergency meeting Monday evening to determine if it will be closed temporarily.

The club was closed temporarily back in June after a shots fired incident outside. According to a police report, a security guard told a group of patrons they had to pay a cover charge to get inside the club. The suspects became angry, arguing with the guard, and one suspect pulled out a gun and fired it in his direction from the parking lot. It was the same security guard who allegedly had a gun pointed at him early Monday morning.

The club’s cameras were not working at the time, according to the report, but it was allowed to reopen pending the installation of working cameras.

Flow was also temporarily closed back in 2016 after four people were stabbed in the parking lot, but allowed to reopen with a police detail on Friday and Saturday nights. That requirement was later lifted.

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