Police: Suspect, worker dead after shooting at RI housing complex that left 2 others injured

WESTERLY, R.I. (WHDH) - A 66-year-old man fatally shot a housing worker and critically wounded two other people before turning the gun on himself Thursday morning during an attack at an affordable living complex in Rhode Island.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire at the Babcock Village apartments in Westerly ordered area schools and businesses into lockdown mode after finding a 47-year-old housing worker dead, a 38-year-old co-worker critically injured, and a 67-year-old resident suffering from serious injuries, according to the Westerly Police Department.

All three victims were women, according to police. Their names have not been released.

The two wounded victims are being treated at area hospitals. The 38-year-old woman was said to be in “very” critical condition. The 67-year-old woman is said to be out of surgery and in stable condition.

Authorities tracked down the shooter after reviewing surveillance video, then sent a robot into his apartment, where they found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said at an afternoon press conference.

The shooter opened fire at the main entrance of the housing complex, police said. A gun was recovered in his apartment.

His name has not been released.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

Rhode Island State Police are assisting Westerly police with an investigation.

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