(Providence, RI) -- Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Monday he understood why people are concerned about the late-summertime crime wave impacting the capital city. In a statement about a fatal nightclub shooting and a separate non-fatal triple-shooting over the weekend, Elorza called the violence inexcusable. But the mayor also told reporters yesterday that the city is safer than it was decades ago.
Providence Police Major David Lapatin said a current problem is illegal guns and that authorities have already seized more firearms in 2021 then they get for an entire average year. Monday night, the latest incident reported in the Providence crime wave was a stabbing of a man who was walking on Cranston Street. The Providence City Council is holding an emergency meeting tonight.
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