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Crime 1 dead, 2 others injured after shooting in Westerly, R.I.

20:41  19 december  2019
20:41  19 december  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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Westerly, R.I. - One person is dead and two others are injured after a shooting in Westerly, R.I., Rhode Island State Police said.

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The shooting scene remains “active,” and there is no suspect in custody yet, State Police Colonel James Manni said shortly before 1 p.m.

Schools in the area were locked down and residents of the seaside town waited anxiously for news that the shooter had been arrested.

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The incident was reported at about 10:30 a.m. at the Babcock Village development. Babcock Village is a three-story, elderly-preference apartment complex, with 151 units, at 122 Cross St.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that agents from the Providence office were assisting police at an “active shooter scene.”.

One patient from the Westerly shooting was being treated at Rhode Island Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Christina O’Reilly.

Westerly schools were locked down, but about 1 p.m., officials announced the lockdown had been lifted “per Westerly police.”

Mary Ellen Pugliese, secretary at Westerly Hospital, said the hospital was locked down at about 11 a.m. But the hospital website said, "Due to an incident in the #Westerly area, we are operating under a heightened sense of security, but remain open. "

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The Westerly Library tweeted it was also on lockdown.

Schools in neighboring Stonington are also locked down, according to a secretary in the school department.

Cross Street resident Georgia Olsen said Babcock Village is a huge facility in a residential area.

“Yes I’m surprised. It’s been quiet here. We haven’t had problems,” she said.

Marjorie, a neighborhood resident who did not want her last name used, said, “I’m sitting in the house and I have everything locked. ... I’m nervous, of course." She said she often takes her daily walk around Babcock Village and called the neighborhood “very quiet.”

“I’m waiting to hear that the person has been found. I will feel better then,” she said.

Jacquelyn Smith, the parish administrator at Christ Episcopal Church, said around 12:30 p.m. that the church, which is 3 to 4 minutes away from Babcock Village, was on lockdown.

“There’s so much anxiety,” she said. " Since we are so close-knit and a lot of our pastoral care is for Babcock Village, we are anxious for our parishioners."

Babcock Village is an apartment complex that houses low-income elderly people, Smith said.

“Westerly is a really close-knit community,” she said. “Since we’re an ocean community, we have a lot of vacationers who have summer homes.”

When the vacationers leave for the winter, Smith said, the population shrinks, and the remaining Westerly residents are “like a family.”

When news of the shooting broke, she said, everyone jumped on their phones and alerted those in the community. Because the church does safe church training, they imposed a lockdown as soon as the schools locked down, she said.

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