PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are investigating a shooting that critically injured a 17-year-old boy.
The teen was shot while inside his vehicle on Providence Street around 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi.
He was brought to Rhode Island Hospital where he is in critical condition. Police believe the teen was shot by someone from inside another vehicle.
Police cruisers swarmed Rhode Island Hospital, where detectives could be seen examining a silver sedan. That vehicle was later towed with visible passenger-side damage and what appeared to be several bullet holes through the back of the car.
Neighbors tell 12 News they heard gunshots and are now praying for the teen’s recovery.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Diane Campbell said. “It’s just so random.”
Campbell believes that whoever’s responsible doesn’t live nearby.
“It’s family-focused, we all know each other,” Campbell said of the neighborhood. “It’s just not a good reflection of our neighborhood because it’s not our neighborhood … It’s people from outside our neighborhood that use these streets as short cuts and speedways.”
It’s unclear at this time whether police have anyone in custody.
Anyone with information is asked to call Providence police at (401) 272-3121.