Providence restaurant ordered to temporarily close after shooting incident


    Providence restaurant ordered to temporarily close after shooting incident . (WJAR)

    The Providence Board of License has temporarily shut down a Providence restaurant after a shooting Sunday morning.

    According to a Board of License release, an emergency hearing took place Sunday and a 72-hour emergency closure was issued against La Sonrisa Cafeteria Restaurant on Broad Street.

    Police in Providence said they were patrolling in the area of the establishment when they heard a single gunshot in the vicinity of Portland and Broad Streets.

    Officers then saw a patron in front of the restaurant pointing at a man saying, "He has a gun." Police said they observed a man holding a weighted object underneath a hoodie and then the suspect fled on foot.

    Officers pursued but were unable to apprehend the man.

    Police said they returned to La Sonrisa and spoke to the owner who told them a verbal argument happened inside the business earlier and the those involved were removed by security.

    The owner told police the group tried to re-enter the cafe and one person fired one shot, striking the frame of the door. No injuries were reported.

    According to police, they seized all service equipment from the restaurant.

    The Board of Licenses is scheduled to meet again about the future of the restaurant Wednesday.


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