Authorities said they sent a robot equipped with video cameras into the suspect's apartment after identifying him. He was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Rhode Island police Col. James Manni said.
The motive for Thursday's shooting was not immediately clear. Police said they recovered a handgun from the scene and that they were searching for any connections between the suspect and the victims Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear whether the victims were targeted or if the shooting was at random.
"It's a shock to the community," Lacey said, noting that while police have been called to Babcock Village Apartments before, they've never had to respond to a serious crime at the complex.
The three-story Babcock Village Apartments complex provides affordable housing for elderly and disabled people, according to the complex's website. It's comprised of 151 apartment units and owned by Property Advisory Group, Inc.
In a statement obtained by WJAR, officials with the company said they were "shocked and saddened" by Thursday's shooting.
"Our priority, as always, is the safety of our residents and staff," the statement said. "We are working with law enforcement to address this situation."
Authorities continue to investigate.