East Providence Police name suspects apprehended in Central Avenue shooting

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EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police have named Alexis Valdez and Eric Valdez as the suspects apprehended for the alleged shooting of another male Sunday morning, Sept. 29, at the Onna Moniz John-Central Avenue Playground.

EPPD Lt. Michael David announced the arrests in a press release Monday evening, Sept. 30.

According to the report, at approximately 11:45 a.m. Sunday, the East Providence Police Department responded to the report of a disturbance at the Central Avenue playground in the Suttonville section of the city.

The investigation revealed that an argument had escalated between two groups of adult males, resulting in a physical altercation and one gunshot being fired from a handgun.  A 22-year-old male was found on scene with a single gunshot wound to the chest. The victim remains in critical but stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

Brothers Alexis Valdez, 18, and Eric Valdez, 24, were arrested after EPPD officers executed a search warrant at 85 Williams Ave. in the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 30.

Alexis Valdez is being arraigned on the following criminal charges: Assault with Intent to Commit Murder; Conspiracy; and Using a Firearm when Committing a Crime of Violence.

Eric Valdez is being arraigned on the following criminal charges: Simple Assault and Conspiracy

"At this time a motive for the shooting and the relationship between involved parties is still under investigation," Lt. David said.

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