Rhode Island rapper Hammer Beanz shot dead amid authorities deplore escalation in criminal violence

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It was the total consternation on the side of Providence City when the body of the 33-year-old who was shot dead on Saturday, December 11, 2021 corresponded according to police sources to that of James Owens, alias Hammer Beanz.

The United States of America is plagued by acts of violence almost daily in all its states. Ohio is also unfortunately distinguished by the rate of gun violence, which continues to grow and becomes worrying. This homicide trend is spreading throughout this region which is at 188 homicides right now on this year’s count, with the murder of a man and local Columbus, Ohio rapper KamNutty. The latter was shot on Friday, December 10 in the 2300 block of Century Drive. This rapper murder is added to many others like that of Young Dolph in Memphis, or that of Slim 400 in Los Angeles.

The smallest state of the USA, also has now entered the movement of regions where rappers are targeted. Indeed, in the city of Providence City, rapper Hammer Beanz was found shot dead as a result of a shooting that occurred on Saturday, October 11, 2021. The news was published by The Providence Journal.

The circumstances of the murder not really clear

According to Major David Lapatin, who is in charge of the police department’s investigation division, officers arrived at the rapper’s home at around 10 p.m. local time and discovered him lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound. His quick and early evacuation to the Rhode Island hospital didn’t really help as he was later pronounced dead.

 The affiliation, not yet really confirmed, of the rapper to the Harriet Street gang and his criminal record push the police to favor the thesis of a targeted shooting. Without really confirming it, Major Lapatin spoke about it. ”  Anyway, if it was someone in the house, they know him. If someone stops at the house, they look for him. That’s why we say it’s a targeted shootout  ”.

Speaking of a criminal record, the rapper was charged with using firearms in 2017 and was arrested for a drug raid the same year.

The political reaction towards a ban on the use of firearms

An unsafe city poses a great threat to the political authorities themselves. And the mayor of the city of Providence has taken the measure of things. Jorge Elorza is outraged by the number of guns on the streets and wants to end the senseless violence. “  The availability of weapons and the amount of firepower on our streets is simply unacceptable,  ” Elorza said. “ As mayor, I understand that our community needs and deserves to feel safe, and I will continue to do everything possible to work with our partners and leaders to address the root causes of violence in our city. 

He was not the only leader to speak out. Councilor Jo-Ann Ryan, who represents the neighborhood where the shooting took place, also gave her point of view. It advocates building the capacity of law enforcement agencies for a prompt response to cases of violence. Regarding the murder, she added that she was “ disturbed to hear about another young life taken by violence in the city of Providence . “

She also said, “ We have to keep our neighborhoods safe. I led the city council’s efforts to strengthen our police force through recruitment and training. We need more officers on the streets.  “

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