2 dead after unrelated shootings in Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A pair of shootings claimed the lives of two young men in Providence, police said.

A 25-year-old man was shot at around 2 a.m. Saturday on O’Connell Street and a 23-year-old man was shot about 20 minutes later at a gas station on Branch Avenue, police said.

The younger of the two victims died at the scene while the other man died at a hospital, police said.

Police do not believe the two shootings are related.

The shootings were the 17th and 18th homicides of the years in Providence, Police Maj. David Lapatin said.

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