Police tight-lipped about developments in shooting investigation

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are releasing little information on developments in the investigation into a shooting in East Providence.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. on Waterman Avenue in the area of Green Street Friday. Officers were seen with guns drawn outside an apartment, where police said several persons of interest were located. They were taken to police headquarters for questioning.

Police arrested two male suspects, ages 20 and 21, in an apartment near the scene, who they say did not live there. The two men, who are not being identified at this time, are being charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in a compact area and conspiracy.

“We believe we have the shooter, we have his accomplice, and we believe we have located the firearm as well,” Kidman said.

The victim, a 28-year-old male, had already been taken to the hospital by private vehicle by the time first responders arrived on scene, according to police. His injuries were not life-threatening.

According to East Providence Police Lt. Raymond Blinn, the police department was prepared to release the names of the two suspects but then reversed course, saying releasing their names would put the investigation into jeopardy.

Police believe the incident was not random and while it occurred in East Providence, the suspects and the victim are all not from the area.

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