Providence city leaders respond after multiple shootings


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Concerned Providence residents are being invited to a meeting Tuesday night, following three violent incidents involving gunfire in Providence over the weekend. The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence is hosting the meeting at 6 p.m. at their headquarters on Oxford Street.

“We need to build courage in our communities… We will walk with you on your journey, but hear us loud, VIOLENCE is not tolerated any longer,” the Institute said in a Facebook post.

Early Saturday morning, Zachary Medina was visiting his grandmother at her Prairie Avenue apartment before he was shot and killed, Providence Police said.

The 19-year-old died from his injuries after police said a gunman ran into the parking lot at 60 Prairie Avenue and began firing.

Darius Page, 26, who lives next door to Medina’s grandmother, was also struck by the bullets and survived, according to police.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, a 28-year-old man was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital after police say he was shot while riding his motorcycle in the area of Elmwood Avenue and Cadillac Drive.

In the morning, shots were fired outside Hope High School while a Pop Warner youth football game was going on, causing the game and other events following it to be canceled.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza met with officials in the Pop Warner league Monday to discuss ways to keep the community safe.

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