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Two men in car shot in Mattapan

Investigators combed the shooting scene at the intersection of Almont and Itasca streets.

John Blanding/Globe Staff

Investigators combed the shooting scene at the intersection of Almont and Itasca streets.

Two men who were shot multiple times in a car just before noon Saturday on Almont Street in Mattapan are expected to survive, police said.

When Boston Police Department officers responding to a 911 call arrived at 47 Almont St. just after 11:20 a.m., they found the two men, described as in their 20s, with gunshot wounds in their lower extremities, according to Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross.

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Both men were taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police had no suspects, and no arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon, Gross said at the scene. Detectives were canvassing the area, a quiet residential neighborhood off Blue Hill Avenue, looking for witnesses and analyzing physical evidence. Gross said it was not immediately clear whether the shooting was gang-related.

Both victims are known to the police, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the case, who asked not to be named .

A white two-door Toyota sedan sat in the middle of the intersection of Almont and Itasca Streets, its doors open and at least one window blown out. Broken glass was scattered on the pavement nearby, and a black jacket hung out of the car’s passenger side. A crumpled piece of white cloth sat on the roof of the car with an evidence marker next to it, and other markers dotted the intersection.

Several residents described the neighborhood as peaceful, saying that many of the modest but well-kept homes there had been owned by the same families for many years.

“It’s normally real quiet,” said 70-year-old Robert Fuller, who has lived in a house nearby for eight years. “Somebody shooting, that’s unusual. These guys were probably just passing through.”

Fuller said he heard about seven shots fired Saturday morning, and that police told him a man had fled the scene of the shooting on foot.

Fuller knows the rhythm of daily life here. He pointed out his friends who live in nearby homes: a police officer next door, a nurse a few houses down, the postman across the street. He ticked off the hours each of his neighbors works, the time the school bus usually drops students off, and the week each spring when the nearby Hunt Playground usually fills with children playing.

“We keep an eye out for each other,” he said, relating the story of a neighbor whose car got stuck in a snowbank during a storm last month. “There were five us out there for two hours helping . . . We stuck with it until he got going. That’s how it is here.”

Bill Northington, who has owned an Almont Street home since 1972, said the neighborhood is full of families. Other than a long-ago spurt of gang activity in a nearby park, he said, the area had been a good place to settle down.

“I hear about the violence in other areas. I’m thankful I bought property where I did,” Northington said. “This has been a good neighborhood for 40 years.”

At an appearance at a St. Patrick’s Day senior luncheon in South Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh was asked by a reporter whether the shooting in Mattapan was indicative of a larger problem. Walsh said that in his brief tenure in office, his administration has been laying the groundwork to break the cycle of violence.

“Unfortunately it’s been this way in Boston for the last 25 years. What we’re trying to do now is do a better job of reaching out to communities and reaching out to the young people that are causing a lot of this violence,” Walsh said. “We’re talking about a culture [of violence] we need to get to the bottom of.”

Andrew Ryan of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Dan Adams can be reached at daniel.adams@globe.com. Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com.
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