Wood­lawn shooting sus­pect ar­rested

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com

PAW­TUCKET – The sec­ond sus­pect in a shooting at a Wood­lawn con­ve­nience store last Satur­day was ap­pre­hended in North Providence late Thurs­day night, Paw­tucket Po­lice said.

Ser­gio Gar­cia, 18, of Cen­tral Falls, was ar­rested with the as­sis­tance of the Vi­o­lent Fugi­tive Task Force af­ter he was lo­cated in a house in North Providence on Thurs­day night, po­lice said. He was ar­raigned in Sixth Dis- trict Court on Fri­day morn­ing and was charged with as­sault with in­tent to com­mit mur­der, con­spir­acy, us­ing a firearm while com­mit­ting a crime of vi­o­lence, li­cense or per­mit re­quired for car­ry­ing a pis­tol, and fir­ing in a com­pact area, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Gar­cia’s ar­rest came one day af­ter po­lice ar­rested 19-year-old Hel­ton Ro­drigues, also of Cen­tral Falls, for his al­leged role in the shooting at the West Av­enue Con­ve­nience Store in Paw­tucket’s Wood­lawn neigh­bor­hood.

Around 11 p.m. last Satur­day, po­lice re­sponded to a re­ported shooting at the con­ve­nience store at the cor­ner of West and Jef­fer­son av­enues. A man had been shot four times and was driven by friends to The Miriam Hospi­tal in Providence. Ac­cord­ing to the dis­patch log from last Satur­day night, the man had been shot in the chest, back, ab­domen, and hand.

A store owner and clerk told po­lice that an al­ter­ca­tion had oc­curred be­tween the vic­tim and the two sus­pects – iden­ti­fied as Ro­drigues and Gar­cia – prior to the shooting, with a wit­ness telling po­lice the ar­gu­ment was sparked over a “RIP Rob­bie” sweat­shirt the vic­tim was wear­ing.

Af­ter the two sus­pects left the store, se­cu­rity footage showed the two men run­ning south on West Av­enue and al­legedly fir­ing their weapons to­ward the mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Footage ad­di­tion­ally showed one of the sus­pects fired ap­prox­i­mately six rounds from a sil­ver, semi-au­to­matic hand­gun.

Po­lice said the vic­tim, who was con­scious and alert, was later trans­ported to Rhode Is­land Hospi­tal, where he was treated and was in sta­ble con­di­tion as of Fri­day morn­ing.

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shooting by Po­lice Det. Su­san Cormier, the two sus­pects were de­vel­oped and iden­ti­fied. With the help of the Vi­o­lent Fugi­tive Task Force, Ro­drigues was ar­rested at his home in Cen­tral Falls on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, po­lice said.

Ro­drigues was charged with as­sault with in­tent to com­mit mur­der, con­spir­acy, us­ing a firearm while com­mit­ting a crime of vi­o­lence, li­cense or per­mit re­quired for car­ry­ing a pis­tol, and fir­ing in a com­pact area, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Ro­drigues was ar­raigned in Sixth District Court on Thurs­day. Ac­cord­ing to the ju­di­ciary web­site, he’s due back in court on Nov. 21 for a con­trol date and March 1 for a pre-ar­raign­ment con­fer­ence.

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