Only on 10: Witnesses believe man shot multiple times in Providence home was targeted
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
A woman told NBC 10 News she witnessed the dramatic aftermath of a Providence shooting that left a man critically injured.
"He was bleeding and there was blood on our front porch," Alexie Badura said of the shooting, which occurred in a second floor apartment of her home at 66 Pembroke Avenue.
Police said 20-year-old Joshua Mendez was shot in the arm and hip, while a bullet also grazed his head. He was rushed to the hospital critical condition around 3 a.m. Sunday.
"There was a guy out there and they were holding him up," said Badura.
Badura and her friends called 911 for help after hearing gunshots ring out upstairs.
"I was shaking uncontrollably,” said Badura. “It was so scary.”
The incident, Badura said, resulted in a commotion throughout the area.
"It caused a scene, which caused people from other parties to come over," she said.
Police said there were nearly 300 people outside when they arrived. One of them was so intoxicated that he reportedly pushed a responding officer at the home, which is owned by a company that rents homes to Providence College students.
While witnesses told police they saw a man wearing a white T-shirt open fire from the back door before fleeing the scene, a neighbor told Badura the shooter was noticeably short.
"She said that some people came up the back staircase and shot this guy, standing right up here," said Badura, pointing to the ceiling of her house.
Police said they found Mendez about a block away, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Authorities are classifying the shooting as a "felony assault," although they haven't released an update on Mendez’s condition.
Neighbors said Mendez was visiting Rhode Island when he was shot. Providence College officials said he is not a student of the school.
Others said they believe the shooter targeted Mendez.
No arrests have been announced.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)