Father of 4 gunned down whereas taking pictures music video in Windfall

Father of four gunned down while shooting music video in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Windfall police are investigating the town’s 15th murder this yr that left a father of 4 lifeless.

Main David Lapatin mentioned officers responded to Gallup Road round 11:30 p.m. Thursday to studies of a taking pictures. Lapatin mentioned a gaggle was taking pictures a music video on the road when somebody drove up, received out, and fired pictures into the group.

“The shooter shot into a small crowd of people that were on Gallup Street at the time, so we’re concerned that this was a reckless act, where it looked as though he didn’t care who he shot,” mentioned Det. Capt. Tim O’Hara.

27-year-old Dante Mann was shot and mates drove him to Rhode Island Hospital. Lapatin mentioned he was pronounced lifeless upon arrival.

Relations inform ABC6 Mann was a father of 4, along with his youngest born only one week in the past.

“He always made us laugh, he was always singing, dancing, thinking of the bright things. He was a son, he was a father, he was a best friend, he was a brother… and it was just ungrateful and I want everyone to know that he’s not just a number, he’s a human being,” mentioned Jodi Dumont, Mann’s aunt.

Mann was an up-and-coming native rapper who glided by the identify “SOS Dmann.” Dumont mentioned Mann was taking pictures a music video Thursday night time for a track he wrote to honor his late cousin, Tyrone Williams, who was shot to loss of life on Gallup Road in 2018. That taking pictures occurred simply ft away from the place Mann was gunned down.

Movies acquired by ABC6 present Mann and his mates filming the music video just a few hours earlier than the taking pictures occurred.

“You guys gotta stop with the gun violence,” Dumont mentioned. “C’mon people. You’re taking way too many lives and now it’s really hitting home. It’s hitting my home and my family is hurting, and it’s not fair.”

Windfall Police imagine the group was focused, however aren’t certain if Mann himself was focused.

Lapatin mentioned an altercation earlier within the night is likely to be linked and will have led to the taking pictures.

Mann’s household desires folks to know, he isn’t only a statistic and was working to make one thing of himself.

“Stop looking at every colored person as if they’re gang-related or they’re bad like they can’t do no good because that’s not true. Dante’s a perfect example. He’s good. He can do good, he was doing good. He was trying to make better,” mentioned Dumont.

Police don’t have any suspects and are asking any witnesses to return ahead, and anybody with video surveillance is urged to show it into police.

© WLNE-TV 2020

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