1 Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting in Rhode Island Housing Complex

The police responded to the shooting at a housing complex in Westerly, R.I., on Thursday.Credit…Lynzi DeLuccia/WJAR

Three people were shot, one fatally, at a housing complex in Westerly, R.I., on Thursday morning, the authorities said.

The police were still trying to capture the person who opened fire, said Col. James M. Manni, the superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

The Westerly Police Department said the shooting occurred on Cross Street in Babcock Village. Real estate websites indicated the complex offers affordable housing for older adults and people with disabilities.

Local schools were “locked down until further notice,” according to a post on the Facebook page of Westerly Public Schools.

Residents of Westerly, a waterfront town on the south shore of Rhode Island, near the Connecticut border, reported a heavy police presence around midday on Thursday, including armored trucks and helicopters.

The Connecticut State Police dispatched troopers along the border and in the town of Stonington, Conn., which sits next to Westerly, to help with the investigation, a spokeswoman said.

The Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives tweeted that special agents from the bureau’s Providence office were on the scene to help the local police.

Representative David Cicilline, who represents the nearby First District of Rhode Island, tweeted that he was “closely monitoring the situation in Westerly.”

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Source: The New York Times