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Woman survives rush-hour drive-by shooting on VFW Parkway

A woman was shot in the head while driving on the VFW Parkway near the West Roxbury-Dedham line during rush hour Friday afternoon, but managed to drive herself to safety, State Police said.

The victim, a 32-year-old Dedham woman, is expected to survive, state and Boston police said.

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According to a statement from State Police, the incident occurred around 4:40 p.m. when someone fired several shots from another vehicle and struck the woman at least once in her car as she drove north on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway.

The woman then drove almost a mile to the Dedham police station, where she was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, State Police said.

Troopers questioned three people Friday night in connection with the shooting, spokesman David Procopio said.

Investigators also have information on a possible motive and do not believe the shooting was random, Procopio said, although they did not release details Friday night.

State and Dedham police taped off the short turnaround stretch extending north near the VFW Parkway Plaza and investigated the scene while the heavy afternoon traffic streamed by.

Several employees of nearby businesses said they heard the shots, but did not immediately realize what they were.

“We heard the gunshots, there were three of them,” said Luis Garcia, 22, who was working at Waves Car Wash.

“To tell you the truth, I thought it was fireworks but it was literally too loud to be fireworks.”

Amy Kobialka, a shift manager at Pet Supplies Plus, added, “At first we thought it was a car accident, it’s common at that turn. Shots fired is just not around here, it’s just not common.”

After the victim arrived at the Dedham station, officers contacted State Police about the incident.

The woman’s black Honda could be seen with bullet holes and a broken window parked in front of the station.

Nicholas Jacques can be reached at nicholas.jacques@globe.com. Alyssa Creamer can be reached at alyssa.creamer@globe.com.
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