Police searching for shooter who wounded Cranston couple

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are looking for the man who shot and injured a Cranston couple Thursday night.

Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said the couple, a 40-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, was hosting a party outside their Harris Avenue home at the time.

The couple was sitting on their front porch when the suspect approached and opened fire in their direction, according to Winquist.

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Both of them were hit by bullets, Winquist said, and their 25-year-old son returned fire as the suspect ran down Harris Avenue and onto Cranston Street.

Winquist said the suspect was indiscriminately firing his weapon as he continued to run down Cranston Street. One of the bullets shattered the rear windshield of an SUV parked nearby.

Detectives initially described the shooting as a drive by, but later clarified the suspect was on foot.

The victims were transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been treated and released.

Winquist described the suspect as 5’9″ tall man with a thin build. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, light-colored shorts, white sneakers and a black facemask.

Detectives are also searching for a dark grey or black Acura that may be connected to the crime, Winquist added.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear, however, Winquist said the shooting does not appear to be random.

Winquist said there were children in the area at the time of the shooting, including the victims’ 16-year-old daughter.

“All resources at our department are focused on identifying and apprehending the person responsible for this cowardly and dangerous act of firing multiple rounds in a congested neighborhood on a tranquil summer evening,” he said in a statement. “It is a miracle that none of the many shots that were fired resulted in a fatality.”

Winquist said detectives are continuing to review surveillance footage from nearby homes and businesses as part of the investigation.

Anyone who can identify the suspect or has any information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Cranston Police Department’s Detective Division by calling (401) 942-2211.

The shooting occurred in the same neighborhood where a man was shot and killed last September.

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