Woodlawn shooting suspect arrested
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.