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Two men killed in unrelated shootings

Deaths occurred in Jamaica Plain, Theater District

Two men in their 20s were killed in unrelated shootings over the weekend, one Friday evening and another early Saturday morning.

Commuters said they encountered a scene of “total chaos’’ in the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain after the first shooting, which occurred about 6:30 p.m.

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The shots were fired at 132 Hyde Park Ave., a multifamily home on a heavily traveled section of road near the Forest Hills MBTA Station. Boston Police officers swarmed the house. Inside, they found a man in his 20s suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Citing an active investigation, police released few details about the Forest Hills shooting. They have urged anyone with information to contact them.

In a separate incident about 2 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a 911 call reporting that a man had been shot at 290 Tremont St., near Eliot Norton Park in the Tufts Medical Center area.

Officers found a 22-year-old man outside who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The man was brought to Tufts Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Neither of the victims has yet been identified.

Anna Amacker, a 28-year-old student at New England Law Boston, said she wasn’t surprised by the Tremont Street shooting, which comes in the wake of similar incidents nearby.

“I usually leave class around 10 at night,’’ Amacker said. “If I’m doing that, I won’t come through this way alone.’’

Charles Longeway, 40, who works at the Shubert Theatre, said he frequents that stretch of Tremont Street.

“I’m here all hours of the nighttime and daytime,’’ Longeway said. “I feel generally safe. I think it can happen anywhere.

In Forest Hills, a neighbor of the Hyde Park Avenue house where the Friday evening shooting took place said he arrived at his home, two doors down from the shooting, just minutes after police responded to a call reporting shots fired.

“I came home around 6:45 and saw the SWAT team with the guns and everything,’’ said the neighbor, who would only give his name as Patrick. “It was total chaos. I was pretty nervous.’’

He said that while he hadn’t noticed any unusual activity at the house, his upstairs neighbor mentioned seeing a number of people coming and going from the home.

Other residents said the safety of the neighborhood varies from block to block. One described a recent spate of early-morning break-ins; others said nonviolent crimes were relatively common in the area.

Many agreed that the Forest Hills T station was a center of apparent drug activity.

Mark Aquino, a 27-year-old scientist who lives nearby, was walking home when he saw SWAT team members with riot shields preparing to enter the house.

“I was shocked,’’ Aquino said. “It’s not something I’ve ever seen in the neighborhood, and I’ve lived here my whole life. . . . I thought it was a drug bust.’’

Aquino said his neighborhood was “not unsafe if you’re from around here, but it’s not like walking through Charles Street or Beacon Hill or anything like that.’’

Dan Adams can be reached at DAdams@globe.com an on Twitter at @DanielAdams86. Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.
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