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Dorchester hotel homicide victim ‘was targeted in that room,’ police say

A man was shot and killed early Tuesday in the Holiday Inn Express hotel on Boston Street, officials said.
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
A man was shot and killed early Tuesday in the Holiday Inn Express hotel on Boston Street, officials said.

A man in his 20s was shot and killed early Tuesday inside the Holiday Inn Express hotel in the South Bay shopping center in Dorchester, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

Evans said the victim was shot in a room on the fifth floor of the hotel. Officers responded around 4:20 a.m.

“This wasn’t a random act, by any means,” Evans told reporters. “He was targeted in that room.”

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Police are reviewing video from security cameras and interviewing hotel guests as part of the investigation, Evans said. Several people were seen running from the hotel after the gunfire.

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A fire alarm inside the hotel was activated around the same time as the shooting, he said.

Sei Nakamura, who traveled to Boston from Japan for vacation, was staying on the second floor Monday night when the alarms went off. He said he didn’t think much of it at first.

“I didn’t think it was real,” he said. But when he came downstairs and saw a number of armed police officers, he knew something was wrong.

“When the police came, we were scared,” said Nakamura. “I went to the lobby [and] there were a lot of police officers and firefighters, and they had guns. . . . In Japan, there’s no guns, so I was very scared.”

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A woman who stayed at the hotel said she didn’t hear anything unusual until a fire alarm went off and the hotel occupants were evacuated.

The woman, who did not want her name published, said hotel guests knew it was not a fire because of the huge police presence. She said the guests were not told what happened.

“It’s sad” that someone got killed, said the woman.

At the hotel Tuesday night, a front des clerk said hotel manager Wagner Quintanilha would issue a statement addressing the incident.

Evans said the homicide was the first in Boston in about three weeks. “It’s been relatively quiet over the last several weeks,’’ he said.

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The man’s death was the 41st homicide in 2017, compared with 33 at the same time last year, according to the department.

Map: Shooting scene

Correspondent Jake Johnson, Mike Bello and Sean Smyth of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.