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Two Dead Following Frawley Street Shooting

Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive. Warwick Police responded to a shooting at 71 Frawley St. March 21, finding a man and child dead.

WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police SWAT responded to a Frawley Street shooting originally reported as a domestic disturbance call this morning at 8:30 a.m., finding an adult and child dead.

While en route to the 71 Frawley St. address, police received word that a child had been shot and the alleged assailant was still inside the home with a firearm, according to police. Area schools were locked down as police and EMS crews gathered in the area.

Warwick Police were working the scene off West Shore Road at 9:05 a.m., according to scanner reports. SWAT was at the scene and WFD Rescue was staging for injuries. Two Warwick schools in the area were sheltering in place at the time as the emergency crews gathered in the area.

Officers entered the home and discovered the body of a small child as well as an adult man, also dead; having suffered from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. At 9:27 a.m.,there were police radio reports of two people, an adult and young child, dead in the home.

Mayor Frank Picozzi posted about the matter on Facebook at 10 a.m., telling the community that there was no longer a threat to safety. The RI Breaking News Source X (formerly Twitter) account reported the school lockdown had been lifted.

“I’m sure that most of you have seen or heard of the large police presence in the Warwick Vets area. I can’t give any details at this time but I can say that there is no longer a threat to public safety,” Picozzi wrote.  “This is an ongoing investigation and the police will release details at the appropriate time.”

Warwick Police offered their condolences and expressed their shock and sorrow. 

“While detectives continue to piece together the events leading up to this horrific crime, the members of the Warwick Police Department send our deepest condolences to the family members and those affected by this senseless and unimaginable act. As a community we are saddened by the events that occurred today. No further information will be provided at this time,” Police said in a statement.

Rob Borkowski
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