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Man hospitalized after late-night Dorchester shooting

A man in his late teens or early 20s was shot near the intersection of Washington Street and Talbot Avenue in Dorchester shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday and taken to an area hospital in serious condition, Boston police Superintendent-in-Chief William G. Gross said at the scene.

The victim was shot in his upper torso, apparently only one time, while standing with a group of seven or eight people in the corner outside the McDonald’s on Washington Street, Gross said. It was not clear whether he was targeted.

The shooter fired into the crowd from a maroon or red late-model SUV with silver running boards that was driving southbound on Washington Street and turning right onto Talbot Avenue, Gross said. Police are seeking that vehicle and ask for the public’s help, he added.

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“These are somebody’s children or relatives that are firing the shots, so it’s going to take the entire village to come together and to stop the senseless violence,” Gross said.

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The block of Washington Street between Talbot and Southern avenues was cordoned off by yellow police tape about 10:45 p.m., and the blue lights of several police vehicles were flashing.

Inside the tape, uniformed and plainclothes officers milled about and spoke with several people, including a young woman who stepped out of the McDonald’s within the cordoned area to speak with them.

When the woman left the area, she told a reporter that she had not seen or heard what happened.

In Codman Commons, a park on the east side of that block, residents sat on benches or stood near the tape discussing the shooting.

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A young man who declined to give his name said he had been in his home on Talbot Avenue and had come outside after police arrived.

“I heard something, but I wasn’t sure,” he said. “I was actually on my phone, and I heard, ‘Pop!’ ”

Another man who didn’t give his name looked at an area next to the McDonald’s where officers stood among several bicycles and said: “There was a group of kids over there, so they definitely know.”

Jennifer Washington, 42, who lives nearby, said violence in the neighborhood makes her worry for her own children’s safety.

“It’s sad,” Washington said. “I’m glad they don’t hang out here no more.”

Map: Area of the shooting

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeremyCFox.