Publick Occurrences Forum Will Discuss Young Men and Violence 


More than 100 people were shot in Providence in 2012, and the city may be on its way to at least matching that number this year with 88 shooting incidents reported as of early October.

Those numbers were cited in the introduction to a recent Providence Journal three-part series, “The cost of a bullet: Price of gun violence takes widespread toll in Rhode Island,” by veteran crime reporters W. Zachary Malinowski and Amanda Milkovits.

Malinowski and Milkovits will pose questions to a panel of experts at a Publick Occurrences forum on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College.

The forum, “Young Men and Guns: How Do We Stop the Violence?” is this year’s third and final Publick Occurrences event sponsored by the Providence Journal in partnership with Rhode Island College and Leadership Rhode Island.

The forums are designed to provide a deep insight into provocative and timely topics so that Rhode Islanders can gain a better understanding of those issues.

Panelists at this forum will weigh in on what can be done to reduce the number of shootings in Providence and other urban Rhode Island communities.

Panelists include Teny Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence; Det. Sgt. Michael Wheeler of the Providence Police Youth Services Bureau; Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room doctor at Rhode Island Hospital and assistant professor of emergency medicine and bio-med emergency medicine at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School; Sal Monterio, training coordinator at the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence; Steven Pare, Providence public safety commissioner; and Joseph Cardin, superintendent of the State Training School.

Also scheduled to participate are Ray Duggan, a former gang member and shooting victim who now is confined to a wheel chair, and Myra Latimer, a woman whose 23-year-old son was fatally shot in October 2011.

Duggan was one of the subjects of the Malinowski and Milkovits Providence Journal series. He was 22 years old when members of a rival gang shot him. His spinal cord was severed in the incident and he is paralyzed from the waist down. He continues to suffer from various medical ailments. He now works for the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in South Providence.