Westerly, RI – Two people are dead, including the gunman, and two more are wounded after a resident at a senior citizen housing complex in Westerly opened fire on residents and employees on Thursday morning.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey told reporters at a press conference on Thursday afternoon that the initial 911 call about the incident was received at 10:32 a.m. on Dec. 19.
Chief Lacey said Westerly police officers were on the scene of the incident at Babcock Village, a senior apartment building in the 100-block of Cross Street, by 10:35 a.m. and found three female victims suffering from gunshot wounds.
The chief said a 47-year-old woman who was an employee of the facility was pronounced dead at the scene.
He said a 38-year-old employee of the facility was critically wounded and transported to Westerly Hospital.
Chief Lacey said the woman was in very critical condition and was being transported via helicopter to a hospital in New Haven for treatment.
A 67-year-old woman who was a resident in the complex was shot and seriously wounded, according to the chief.
He said she was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and was taken into surgery.
Chief Lacey said that shortly after police arrived at Babcock Village, they began reviewing security video footage from the front desk of the building that helped them to identify the shooter as a 66-year-old man who lived there.
Meanwhile, a tactical team made up of Westerly police officers and Rhode Island State Police troopers began clearing the building’s 157 units one room at a time, he said.
Police made entry to the suspect’s apartment with a robot just before 1 p.m.
Chief Lacey said the door was open and the robot entered and located the suspect dead inside.
The chief said that officers made entry after the robot and found that the suspect appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
State police confirmed that a weapon was found at the scene but wound not say what kind of weapon it was.
Police have not yet released any of the names of the victims because family members were still being notified, according to Chief Lacey.
The Rhode Island State Police and the Westerly Police Department will be conducting a joint investigation of the shootings.
Chief Lacey said they have no information at this point with regard to the suspect’s relationships with his victims, nor his motivation for the shooting.