PROVIDENCE (AP) — A 15-year-old student has been shot and killed outside a Providence high school on the second day of the academic year.
Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements said the boy died after he was shot outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy at about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after a fight with another teenager.
Clements did not identify the victim. WPRI-TV reported that the victim was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The teachers union said he was a Central High School student.
Maj. David Lapatin said police have in custody a “person of interest” who was found shot about a mile away from the school, in another shooting. That boy was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his thigh that was not considered life-threatening.
The shooting is the city’s eighth homicide this year, according to The Providence Journal.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, who responded to the shooting scene, said, “Some mom and dad is going to go to sleep tonight without their son. That puts a pit in your stomach, and our job is not done until all kids are safe and all teachers are safe and these schools are safe.”