21st March, 2012
A shooting at an antiques store in a building owned by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport yesterday, left one woman dead and another injured and resulted in the lockdown of several other buildings in the seaside city famed for its mansions and music festivals.
About eight Tennis Hall of Fame employees work on the first and second floors of the building, Hall of Fame CEO Mark Stenning said.
They heard at least one gunshot, he said, and saw police officers surround the building. In contact with Stenning by cell phone, the employees moved to the building’s interior and locked themselves in until there was an all-clear by police more than an hour later, he said.
“It was tense for all of us,” he said. “In the beginning, we didn’t know if there was someone on the Hall of Fame campus with a gun.”
Police received a report of gunshots at the building at 10:29 a.m., Lt. William Fitzgerald said. The nearby Canfield House Restaurant’s owner, Gary Wiggins, told The Providence Journal that he saw police officers arrive with their guns drawn and later saw a woman emerge from the building, holding her hand, bleeding and hysterical.
The injured woman was taken to a hospital. Police wouldn’t say whether she was a victim or a shooting suspect.