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Police probe fatal Mattapan shooting

A man was killed this afternoon in a shooting in broad daylight in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood.

Police were called at 2:07 p.m. to a report of a person shot on Edgewater Drive, said Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross.

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Officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds near Edgewater Drive and Tesla Street, Gross said.

The man was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

A beige minivan was spotted fleeing from the area, but the minivan’s plate number was not known, Gross said. He said the shooting had broken out in a quiet neighborhood.

Diane Moore, who lives near the shooting scene, described the victim as a “sweet kid.”

“He was just a free-spirit kid,” the 62-year-old Moore said. “He’s gone. We’re just going to pray for his mom.”

The shooting on a bright, hot summer afternoon came the same day as officials gathered to announce that police will increase patrols in Mattapan and other neighborhoods in an attempt to keep peace on the streets this summer.

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