A 66-year-old resident of an assisted-living complex in Rhode Island killed one person and wounded two others before taking his own life Thursday morning, prompting area schools and businesses to lock down, police said.
The mid-morning incident happened in the area of Babcock Village, a federally subsidized housing complex in Westerly, Rhode Island. Westerly Public Schools, the local hospital and nearby businesses were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the gunman was a 66-year-old man. The shooting victims were all women, including a 47-year-old employee of the residential complex, and two others, a 38-year-old employee and a 67-year-old resident, were wounded. The 47-year-old employee was in critical condition; she was taken first to Westerly Hospital and was being flown to Yale New Haven Hospital. The 67-year-old resident was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and was in stable condition after surgery.
State Police Col. James Manni said authorities are still investigating what might have prompted the shooting, including any issues the man might have had with staff.