WOONSOCKET – A second nighttime shooting in the city in two days has police beefing up patrols of local neighborhoods as a precautionary measure.
The latest incident occurred at around 11 p.m. Friday at a residential home on Sayles Street, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Saturday.
Officers arriving at 147 Sayles St. found a 24-year-old male sitting in the yard with a gunshot wound to the torso, Jalette said.
The man was conscious but critically hurt, Jalette said. He was taken by Woonsocket Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he remained in critical condition on Saturday.
Jalette said police detectives working the case are pursuing leads on a suspect and an arrest was expected.
“I don’t want to release more information on the incident now because we are still questioning some people in the area,” Jalette said.
The shooting on Sayles Street follows the wounding of a 27-year-old man as he sat in a BMW parked at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Robinson Street at about 8 p.m. Thursday. The victim in that shooting suffered two superficial wounds to the torso after several bullets were fired into the BMW’s windshield and front fender by a man getting out of another vehicle at that location. Police on Friday obtained a warrant for the arrest of Justin R. Menard, 25, of Woonsocket, on charges related to the Florida Avenue shooting. He remained at large on Saturday and police consider him armed and dangerous.
While the two shootings occurred a day apart, Jalette said, police do not believe they are related. Both victims appear to have been targeted by suspected assailants for reasons still under investigation.
The fact the city did have two acts of gun violence in a short period was a concern of the police, Jalette said, and extra patrols were being assigned to let residents know their city is safe.
“We just want to reassure the public that we will have a good police presence out there in light of these two shootings so close together,” Jalette said.
Police had been in contact with the victim in Friday night’s shooting at the hospital and understand his recovery will be a long one, Jalette said. The department maintains a police tip line at 401-769-4444.