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Man arrested in fatal shooting of 2 outside Providence club

August 19, 2021 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of two Boston men outside a Providence nightclub, according to police.

Miguel Lacourt, 36, of Johnston was arrested without incident around 4 p.m. during a car stop in the Providence suburb. He was ordered held without bail during his arraignment Thursday and is due back in Providence court on Aug. 26.

Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi said Lacourt was wanted on a warrant for the shooting at the Fuego Lounge in the city’s Elmwood neighborhood earlier this month.

The victims were identified by police as Mario Diaz, 27, and Kerwins Pimental, 29.

According to Providence police, the men were among a group of 10 friends celebrating a birthday at Fuego Lounge on Aug. 7 when a fight broke out with another group sometime after 2 a.m.

Lacourt retrieved a gun from his vehicle and shot Diaz and Pimental after being beaten to the ground, according to investigators. Police said they don’t know whether the two groups knew each other before the confrontation.

The shootings marked the city’s 14th and 15th homicides this year. Fuego Lounge, meanwhile, was shut down by the city. A Board of Licenses hearing on the club’s future takes place Friday.