Providence police investigating two deadly shootings


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are investigating two deadly shootings that happened overnight on Saturday.

According to Commander Thomas Verdi, the first shooting happened around 2 a.m. on O’Connell Street in front of Revel Lounge.

A 25-year-old man was shot and taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

About 20 minutes later, another shooting happened at a gas station on Branch Avenue. The victim in that shooting, identified as a 23-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Cumberland Farms spokesperson issued a statement to 12 News, saying “we are cooperating with local authorities as they continue to investigate this tragic incident.” The company directed all further questions to police.

Right now, police are not releasing the names of either victim and are in the process of notifying family members.

No one has been arrested and police are still investigating both incidents.

Police do not believe the two shootings are related.

According to Major David Lapatin, this is the cities 17th and 18th homicides this year.

Commander Verdi added that an emergency Board of Licenses meeting was held Saturday morning in response to the shooting outside of Revel Lounge.

“The BOL voted to close the establishment until this matter can be heard as a full Show Cause Hearing scheduled for Monday August 30th, 2021,” he said in a statement.

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