PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities are swarming over Interstate 95 in Providence, following a midmorning shooting on the busy stretch of road.
Ramps to I-95 are closed out of downtown Providence around the area of the Providence Place mall Thursday. Several ambulances could be seen on an on-ramp to I-95 north next to the mall.
Providence Police Chief High Clements tells WLNE-TV that there was a shooting. Police did not immediately release more details.
They also did not immediately say whether the shooting was related to the theft of a state police cruiser earlier in the day. The cruiser was found abandoned in Providence, but police were still searching for a suspect.
Emergency management officials are asking people to avoid the area.
Traffic was backed up on the highway and downtown.