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Three men shot in car in Mattapan, police say

Three men were shot inside a parked car on a Mattapan street Monday night with one of the victims being critically injured, police said.

Boston police Captain John Danilecki said at the scene that the men, who are all in their 20s and are known to authorities, were shot inside a rented four-door Chrysler sedan on Clarkwood Street at about 10 p.m. The street is located off the 500 block of Norfolk Street.

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The three victims, who were not identified, were taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Danilecki said one man was shot in the neck and was in critical condition, but he is expected to survive.

He said the other two shooting victims are also expected to survive -- one man was shot in the chest and the other was grazed by a bullet, according to Danilecki.

Though Clarkwood Street is located near the scene of the Woolson Street shootings in 2010, Danilecki said the cases are not connected. Five people were shot on Woolson Street in 2010 resulting in four deaths, one of those being a 2-year-old toddler.

Danilecki said police believe they know the motive for Monday night’s shootings but he declined to comment further.

Police were investigating at the scene late Monday night and were crowded around the rental car.

Danilecki said police believe the gunman or gunmen were on foot. He declined to say how many suspects were involved.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@ globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Zachary Sampson can be reached at zachary.sampson@globe.com.
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