Shooting rocks Woodville neighborhood

Shooting rocks Woodville neighborhood

A woman tries to flag down a police officer Monday near the scene of a shooting at 9 Eliot Avenue in North Providence. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)
Police identify suspect

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Officers from the North Providence Police Department have arrested a Providence man in connection with the shooting death of an Eliot Avenue resident late Sunday night. Dari Garcia, 24, of 32 Adelaide Ave. in Providence, is facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary, among others.

On Sunday, just before midnight, police responding to a report of an armed home invasion at 9 Eliot Ave. found two individuals who had suffered gunshot wounds. Richard Catalano, 26, was pronounced dead from one gunshot at the scene. A second victim, identified as Catalano's mother, was also shot. She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

Police Chief Paul Martellini said investigators believe Garcia targeted the residents of the home and that no one else is in danger. The home is located within sight of the intersection of Mineral Spring Avenue and Douglas Avenue.

Residents of the Woodville section of town told media outlets they were shocked by the sudden violence in a typically peaceful neighborhood.

Garcia, who has a lengthy criminal background, was involved in a prior domestic violence incident back in February during which he was shot by a Providence police officer. According to online records, a grand jury determined in March that the officer's action was lawful and legally justified.

Court records show that Garcia was arraigned last Friday on a charge of driving with a suspended license. Over the years he has been charged with numerous offenses, including drug possession and possession with intent to deliver, obstructing a police officer, burglary, possession of burglary tools, passing counterfeit bills, making false bomb threats, assault, domestic assault, tampering with a motor vehicle, vandalism, reckless driving, and frequent incidents of driving with a suspended license. He was released from prison in March.

The State Office of the Medical Examiner is conducting the autopsy of Catalano. The North Providence Police Detective Division is conducting the investigation.

The killing of Catalano was the town's first homicide of 2014.

This story will be updated as more information comes in.

Dari Garcia.