UPDATE: The Providence Place mall has been evacuated and police are hunting for suspects after a shooting Monday evening, city officials confirm.
The shooting took place around 4:45 p.m. in the second floor of the parking garage outside a door to Nordstrom and it “was not random,” according to Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré. Clements said the victim went into the mall after the shooting.
Paré said a 19-year-old was shot and taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
One 19 yoa shooting victim PPM targeted and non life threatening 2nd FL garage Nordstrom side Mall evacuated. Reviewing security film. PPM closed and safe. Access to garage being coordinated. SMP
— Pvd Public Safety (@PvdPublicSafety) January 15, 2018
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— WPRI 12 (@wpri12) January 15, 2018
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NBC10 Boston affiliate WJAR confirms a heavy police presence was on the scene around 5 p.m. in Providence, and that shoppers had been evacuated. According to the Providence Journal, police said at least one person was shot and sustained a non-life-threatening injury.
Police are continuing to search for suspects, the Providence Journal reports, adding that Nordstrom had been locked down and that the shooting may have taken place near that store.
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More scene at the Providence Place Mall. pic.twitter.com/JzX32EoshO
— Johnny Villella (@JohnnyVillella) January 15, 2018
Police not letting anyone inside Providence Place Mall at this hour after one person was shot in the parking garage. Non life threatening injuries, and we're told the suspect is still at large. I'll have a live update ahead on @ABC6 pic.twitter.com/WQyw8zNUOG
— John Krinjak (@JKrinjakABC6) January 15, 2018
People taking refuge from the cold in lobby between Panera and PF Chang’s after mall is evacuated. pic.twitter.com/UW6qC1Ej5Q
— Kim Kalunian (@KimKalunian) January 15, 2018