Westerly shooting victim expected to make full recovery

South County

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — The woman who was critically injured during a shooting inside of a Westerly housing complex is improving, according to Police Chief Shawn Lacey.

Robin Moss, 38, was shot when a resident opened fire in the lobby of Babcock Village last week.

Moss was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and has undergone nine surgeries, Lacey said.

Lacey told Eyewitness News Moss has since been upgraded from critical to fair condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

Her husband, Ron Moss, said her breathing tube was removed on Christmas Day.

“I was able to hear her voice for the first time since the tragedy,” Moss said in a message to Eyewitness News. “She has a long way to go on the road to recovery but doctors are hopeful.”

Moss, a manager at the housing complex, was one of three people shot by the gunman, later identified as Joseph Giachello, 66, who later turned the gun on himself after returning to his residence.

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Pastor Stephen Mook of Generation Church said the community has been rallying behind Moss and her family since the incident.

“We believe she is going to be a walking miracle,” Mook said.

Another manager, identified as Julie Lynn Cardinal, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene. A resident, Donna Thornley, 66, was also shot and is currently in stable condition.

A GoFundMe page was created to help Moss and her family cover her medical expenses.

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