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Two Boston men shot dead outside Providence nightclub

The shooting took place early Saturday morning outside Fuego Lounge


PROVIDENCE — Two men from Boston were shot dead outside Fuego Lounge early Saturday morning, according to police.

Police were called to West Friendship Street at about 2 a.m. They found one man dead and the second was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition, where he died less than an hour later.

Police have not identified the victims but said the men were 27 and 29 years old.

On Saturday, the Providence Board of Licenses held an emergency meeting and voted to close Fuego Lounge “effective immediately,” Providence police said in a tweet. Police said the board will hold a formal hearing next week.

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The violence we saw in our City last night is beyond inexcusable,” said Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza in a statement. “While the perpetrators and victims of this violence are likely known to each other, the cycle of gun violence and retaliation must end. We know that our community is already reeling from a global pandemic and now we have experienced even more tragic loss of life due to senseless acts of violence.”

The detective bureau is still investigating, according to police.

The shooting is the latest in a streak of violent crimes reported in the city.

Last weekend, a 24-year-old woman was killed in a drive-by shooting as she stood with a friend on Olney Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. Around the same time, a shooting on Reservoir Avenue sent five people to the hospital with gunshot wounds. On Tuesday night, a 35-year-old woman was pulled out of her car and assaulted by a group of ATV and dirt bike riders.

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In May, nine people were shot on Carolina Avenue in what police say was a gang-related incident.

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