A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed outside Providence Career and Technical Academy yesterday afternoon, according to the Providence Police Department. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was a student at Central High School, the Providence Journal reported.
A second teenage boy was also shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police confirmed that the second victim is a person of interest in the first shooting, the Providence Journal reported.
Providence Police received a call about shots fired around 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Providence Fire Department responded to the incident, transporting the first victim to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Providence Police.
A few minutes after the first call, police were notified that the second teenage boy was shot and wounded about a mile away from the school. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his thigh.
The incident is an active and open investigation, according to Providence Police. No further information is available about the shooter at this time.
The shooting, which transpired on the second day of school, followed a fight just outside Providence Career and Technical Academy on the corner of Westminster and Fricker streets, which neighbors both Classical and Central High Schools, the Providence Journal reported.
The Providence Teachers Union announced yesterday that they will discuss their response to the shooting before classes begin Thursday, suspending their recent decision to work only the minimum number of hours specified in their contracts, according to a statement by Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro quoted in the Providence Journal.
The teen is Providence’s eighth homicide victim this year, according to the Providence Journal.