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Postal truck struck by stray bullets in Dorchester, man arrested

A US Postal Service truck was struck by stray gunfire to its windshield and roof early Tuesday afternoon in Dorchester, and a man believed to have been involved was arrested, authorities said.

Boston police Officer Stephen McNulty, a department spokesman, said officers responded to the area of Quincy and Dacia streets around 12:17 p.m. for a call for shots fired. US Postal Police also responded, according to a statement from Boston police.

Officers found several empty shell casings and ballistic damage to the truck upon arrival, the statement said.

Gunfire apparently hit a mail truck, according to US Postal Service spokesman Stephen Doherty.

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“One of our vehicles was apparently caught in a crossfire and did sustain bullet holes,” Doherty said via email “No postal employees were injured. The Inspection Service is on the scene investigating but I’m told that the Boston Police Department is leading the investigation.”

Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force stopped a man attempting to run away from the area and confiscated a loaded handgun from his jacket pocket. The man, Dion Caruthers, 21, of Roxbury, matched one of the suspect descriptions, although detectives have not determined if he was involved, the statement said.

Caruthers was arrested and is expected to be arraigned in the Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm, police said.

Shortly after the shots fired incident, a 17-year-old boy walked into a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Police said they believe the wound was from the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 617-343-4275. Those who would like to assist the investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

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Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.