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Man fatally shot on motorcycle near home of mayor’s mother

A man in his 20s was fatally shot and crashed his motorcycle Friday night on the Dorchester street where Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s mother lives, police said.

Boston police Superintendent Robert Merner said at the scene that residents of Taft Street reported hearing gunshots at about 8:40 p.m.

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Responding officers found the man and his overturned motorcycle near the corner of Taft Street and Dorchester Avenue, police said.

The unidentified man was rushed to Boston Medical Center and was later pronounced dead, police said.

Merner said that police were trying to obtain a description of a suspect late Friday and that the precise location of the shooting had not yet been determined. Merner said he could not yet say whether the victim was fleeing on the motorcycle when he was shot.

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He said police recovered two firearms from the scene.

Neighbors said the mayor’s mother, Mary Walsh, lives several houses up on Taft Street from the scene of the crash. A police spokesman said she was not hurt. Merner added that no one on the street was injured other than the man who was slain. A spokeswoman for Martin Walsh could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Around 10 p.m., uniformed officers and detectives were investigating on Taft Street near the overturned, red bike.

Michelle Berganza, 18, who lives on the street, had been out at Castle Island in South Boston and discovered that her street was blocked off by police when she came home.

“They said that someone was on a motorcycle and he got shot,” she said. Another officer told her “there was a crash and someone had guns,” she said.

A gun was lying on the right side of the road on Taft Street by Pleasant Street late Friday.

“The police officers didn’t really want to say what happened,” said Berganza, who grew up on the street. She said the incident did not frighten her because she had been robbed in the neighborhood about five times but that her 8-year-old brother, who was inside with their parents, was frightened by the incident.

She described the neighborhood as having lots of teenagers and families.

Annette Sandibol, 24, a resident of Pleasant Street, has also lived in the area for all her life.

“We just saw police lights and came out,” she said, adding that incidents such as Friday night’s slaying are not common in the neighborhood.

“That’s why I’m out here; it never happens,” she said. “I just want to know what’s going on.”

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