PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police continue to search for the person who shot and killed a teenage boy in Providence over the weekend.
Investigators believe 15-year-old Ger’Vontae Tilson was targeted, Major David Lapatin said during a media briefing on Monday.
Police responded around 11:15 p.m. Saturday to a reported shooting on Wallace Street and arrived to find Tilson lying in a driveway, according to Lapatin. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
“To see our youth getting hurt like that is very disturbing to us and of course we’re going to work hard to make sure that whoever did this is brought to justice,” he added.
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Police have not yet identified any suspects, but Lapatin said the victim was at the scene with two adults.
As police conducted their investigation, those who knew Tilson gathered Sunday night in his honor. They lit candles, left messages, and consoled one another as they mourned his death.
Earlier this month, city officials announced that gun-related crime is down in Providence, which they attributed to ongoing efforts to get illegal guns off the streets. Despite that, police were on high alert this past weekend, according to Lapatin.
“I think we’ve been doing very well with the crime, we’ve kept it low,” Lapatin said Saturday. “But as you know, we’re in the middle of a heat wave and that always causes problems, and here we are tonight.”
“I’m not saying that’s what caused this, but we’re on high alert when we get this kind of weather,” he added.
Anyone with information on the deadly shooting is urged to call Providence police at (401) 272-3121.