Police: Man shot while driving with child, girlfriend in Cranston

West Bay

CRANSTON R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a man was shot while driving in Cranston Monday afternoon.

Col. Michael Winquist said the 25-year-old man was driving down Hillwood Street with his girlfriend and a child when someone in another car pulled up and fired several shots into their vehicle.

Winquist said the man was hit in the neck by one of the bullets, and another grazed his arm.

The victim was able to pull into a nearby gas station where he called police, Winquist said. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening.

Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins tells 12 News he’s reviewed surveillance footage of the shooting, which clearly shows two men pull up and open fire on the victim’s vehicle.

While those two men have yet to be identified, Hopkins said the surveillance footage did capture their license plate.

Hopkins is hopeful the city’s automated license plate reader system will help police identify and apprehend both suspects.

“The police are on top of it right now,” Hopkins said. “I’m hoping with the new license plate system we have – this is what it’s for – we’ll get them.”

The shooting appears to be gang related, according to Winquist, although it remains under investigation.

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