Burrillville man dies in front of Woonsocket pawn shop


WOONSOCKET – A man who took his own life outside of a Woonsocket-based pawn shop on Monday, Jan. 11 has been identified as 58-year-old from Burrillville.

The incident took place outside of Mr. Pawn around 10:15 a.m., with a gun taken from the shop at 100 Bernon St., according to reports.

The shop is owned by Dan Baldelli, the brother of Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

According to a story published in The Call on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the man, who lived in Manville, was a regular customer at the store and somehow gained control of a firearm that was the property of the business.

He then went outside the pawn shop, also home of The Coffee Connection, where he fatally shot himself with the stolen gun.

The victim, who died from the self-inflicted gunshot wounds, reportedly did not leave a note.

In a post on social media, mental health advocates noted that Community Care Alliance has help available for anyone who may have witnessed the incident and need mental health support.

“Having support and guidance immediately after witnessing something like that makes a huge difference in how much it affects you, and we’re all under a lot of stress right now, so it’s critical to care for your mental health,” noted a staff member from the city-based organization.

CCA offers Emergency & Crisis Intervention line, available 24-hours-a day at (401) 235-7120.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else – is also available for support. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255.

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