A gunman opened fire Thursday night on patrons inside a Dorchester hair salon, fatally shooting a man in his 20s and wounding a woman in her 70s, police said.
Boston Police Captain John Danilecki said at the scene that the shooting occurred at the Universal Barber Shop & Beauty Salon at 436 Geneva Ave. at about 7:05 p.m.
He said the male victim, who was shot in the head and died at the scene, was getting his hair cut at the time of the attack.
The woman, who was getting her hair styled, was shot in the arm and was taken to Boston Medical Center, according to Danilecki. Authorities believe the man was targeted but that she was not. She is expected to survive her injuries.
Police did not discuss details about a possible motive for the shooting, nor did they identify either victim on Thursday night. At the request of homicide detectives, Danilecki declined to provide a description of the suspect.
He said detectives were interviewing witnesses and felt that releasing a description could compromise the investigation.
The slaying was the 40th homicide in Boston this year, compared with 45 at this time last year, a police spokesman said.
A crowd gathered by the crime-scene tape near the scene on Thursday as police investigated in and around the salon, which is next to a supermarket and also near three-deckers.
Kevin Brown, 43, a neighborhood resident, said he knew the man who was killed.
Brown said he spoke to the man only in passing and thought he worked in the salon.
“I didn’t see him having problems with anybody,” Brown said. “It’s crazy.”
He said of the neighborhood that it had “calmed down a whole lot compared to what it was” in the past. However, he added, there was also a recent stabbing in the area.
A 31-year-old Dorchester woman who would give only her first name, Lissi, said she came to the street to pick up her children. She said news of the shootings was unsettling.
“It’s scary,” said Lissi.