Officials in Rhode Island's capital are convening an emergency meeting to address a troubling spike in gun deaths and other violence.
The Providence City Council called the meeting for late Tuesday afternoon after a spate of fatal shootings and stabbings, including a deadly double shooting last weekend.
Two Massachusetts men were killed when gunfire erupted outside a nightclub Saturday, and three people were shot and wounded at a home on Sunday. Then, on Monday, a man was seriously injured in a stabbing.
The previous weekend, an innocent bystander was killed in one shooting, five people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds in another, and a woman was captured on video being beaten in the street after a run-in with a group of people riding all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes.
Mayor Jorge Elorza, Gov. Dan McKee, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare and Police Chief Hugh Clements are among officials joining Tuesday's meeting.