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Police searching for 2 suspects following shootout, chase

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By: Melissa Toupin


Neighbors on Providence's Depew St. watched in the dead of night as officers searched their back yards for three male suspects.

"My son came and said ‘Mommy somebody's in the back of our yard. It's the police. It seems like they are chasing someone,'" said Delba Nunez.

Police had chased the men to the South Elmwood neighborhood. The pursuit began on Sackett St. around 11:30 Wednesday night. Commander Thomas Oates says two gunmen shot at plain–clothed officers who were speaking with 6 to 7 known members of a gang. The alleged shooters came from the direction of Emerson St.

As many as 12 shots were fired. Anthony Marshall, 18, was hit in both legs. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for non life threatening injuries.

One of the shooters took off on foot. The other got into a waiting car. Police chased that vehicle to Depew St. where the driver, Vincente Rodriguez, 23, of Providence intentionally rammed his car into two police vehicles. One of the cars suffered serious damage. No officers were hurt.

"It's very scary. I wanted to come out, but when I saw him with that automatic rifle I said, nope I'm staying in," said Debra Livingston who watched the police swarm her neighborhood.

Police arrested Rodriguez and one of the alleged shooters, identified as James Lawrence, 20 of Providence. A third man, who was in the backseat of the suspects' car, is still on the loose.

"I would have liked to have been informed about what was going on in my neighborhood, something dangerous like that," said Pamela Hazard who heard the commotion from her house.

Police are still searching the area of Sackett St. where the shootout began looking for the second shooter.

A .38 colt was recovered on Depew St. 6 shots had been fired from the gun, emptying it.

Lawrence and Rodriguez will both be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Lawrence is charged with 3 counts of felony assault, 3 counts of conspiracy to commit felony assault, firing in a compact area, and possession of a firearm without a license. Rodriguez is charged with 6 counts of felony assault. Three of those counts are for being involved with the shooting. Three are for intentionally ramming the officers' cars.

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