CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston man suspected of shooting and killing his girlfriend’s adult son during a “heated argument” in Cranston on Tuesday was ordered held without bail during his arraignment on Wednesday.
Charles Gangi, 73, has been formally charged with first-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm resulting in death and discharging a firearm in a compact area.
Police said Gangi was arguing with Paul Zois, 41, inside their home on B Street when Gangi pulled out a handgun and shot Zois in the chest.
Zois was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he died from his injuries.
According to police, Gangi admitted to officers that he shot Zois and was immediately taken into custody.
Investigators collected two handguns from the home while executing a search warrant, including the one believed to be the murder weapon.
Zois’ mother and aunt were said to be inside the home at the time of the shooting but were not injured.
Tonya Harris, the executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said in a statement that they are “heartbroken by the devastating loss of Paul Zois.”
“Under Rhode Island law, domestic violence situations include adult individuals residing together,” Harris wrote. “We send our deepest condolences to Zois’ loved ones, and the entire Cranston community forever impacted by this heinous act of violence.”
“There is never any excuse for domestic violence,” she continued. “Zois’ loved ones are now grappling with this massive loss of life, a life cut short by violence and abuse. Our hearts are with all who knew and loved Zois, and the Cranston community.”
Gangi is due back in court on Jan. 7.
This story has been edited to correct the spelling of the victim’s last name to Zois, which was originally reported by police as Zoice.