Three men charged after teenage girl shot in Morin Heights

Three men charged after teenage girl shot in Morin Heights

Luis Vargas, 18, Gerson River, 20, and Angel Bermudez, 21, were arrested for the alleged shooting of a teenage girl Monday night.

WOONSOCKET – Three men were charged after an alleged shooting sent a 16-year-old girl to Landmark Medical Center Monday night.

Luis Vargas, 18, Gerson Rivera, 20, and Angel Bermudez, 21, were arrested by Woonsocket Police and face charges of assault and conspiracy following the incident outside a Morin Heights home. According to a press release, police responded to 163 Morin Heights Boulevard around 11:40 p.m. Monday night, where a 16-year-old girl had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Police later learned the three suspects had driven to the home earlier in the evening to confront a 13-year-old male about a previous incident. According to Deputy Chief Michael Lemoine, the 13-year-old had been charged in connection with a stolen vehicle last week, and Vargas believed the teenager had told the police he was involved. Vargas was not charged in connection with the stolen vehicle.

According to police, the 13-year-old and several others met the suspects outside the home and exchanged words. Rivera allegedly fired several shots into the air. As the group fled, Vargas then allegedly grabbed the gun and fired several shots at the group, catching the 16-year-old girl in the back of the head with a bullet. The three fled the scene, and the girl was taken to Landmark Medical Center by friends. Her injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.

Police later located the suspects' vehicle outside 2305 Diamond Hill Road and arrested the three without incident. A search of the apartment turned up a semi-automatic pistol that matched bullet casings found at the crime scene.

The three were arraigned in District Court Tuesday afternoon and charged with five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon among other weapons-related charges. Vargas is being held without bail as a probation violator until a Sept. 10 hearing. $60,000 surety bail was set for Rivera and Bermudez.