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Victim seriously injured in Mattapan shooting

A person was seriously injured in a shooting Saturday night in Mattapan, Boston police said.

The victim, who was not identified, was shot at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Evelyn Street at 8:13 p.m.

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Yellow crime scene tape began there and was stretched down the block to Fessenden Street.

The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center, police said. Beyond “life-threatening,” further details on the victim’s injuries were not available.

Blue lights from police cars shined in the cold, rainy atmosphere Saturday night. A digital sign across the street read that it was 35 degrees.

Police officers moved in and out of the scene, but declined to talk with a reporter.

The investigation appeared to be centered at the Ortiz Grocery store on the corner of Fessenden Street. Officers, undercover and in uniform, walked in and out of the building, consulting one another and taking notes.

Despite the investigation, cars were seen rushing up and down the street as usual. Hardly anyone was on the sidewalk. One pedestrian wanted to go to the store, but was turned away by an officer.

At about 9:30 p.m., a police vehicle pulled up and officers spilled out of it.

They canvassed Fessenden Street with flashlights, slowly aiming them across the pavement, looking for clues. One officer took photographs of the cars that were parked on the street.

A few minutes later, an officer began walking along the street with a police dog, which stopped quickly to sniff a paper bag forgotten on the road. Then, the officer led the dog behind the grocery store. After a short search, the dog was put back in a police car, out of the rain.

At 11 p.m., there was no update on the victim’s condition from police.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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