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Gun violence claims another life in Boston: Man shot to death inside Dorchester barbershop, officials said

One day after city and faith leaders met at a Dorchester church to discuss the recent spate of violent crime in Boston, a man was shot dead inside a Dorchester barber shop on Wednesday evening, officials said.

The shooting at the Celebrity Cuts Barbershop was a targeted attack, Boston police said.

Officers responded at 7:17 p.m. to 145 Washington St., where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, Boston Police Deputy Superintendent James Miller told reporters at the scene.

The shooting occurred during business hours, but police did not say whether anyone else was inside. The man was not identified.

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Three people - one woman and two men - were shot to death this past weekend in the city. And at the crime scene Wednesday night, law enforcement and city officials condemned yet another fatal shooting.

Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox called the shooting “another heinous act.”

“This stuff needs to stop, and we’re going to make sure that we’re focusing in all the places we need to be to make sure we curtail some of this stuff that is going on out here,” Cox told reporters at the scene.

Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden decried “another brazen shooting, resulting in another tragic loss.”

He asked the community to help investigators. “We’re going to be ever vigilant with regards to these matters. We’re going to need the community’s help,” Hayden said. “We know we can get this from the good members of our community.

Police investigators remained on the scene late into the night.

Two blocks along Washington Street were closed off as dozens of uniformed and plainclothes law enforcement officers worked the scene under a thick mist.

There were no arrests as of late Wednesday night, police said.

Mayor Michelle Wu expressed condolences to the victim and the community “which has already been reeling from incidents over the last couple of weeks.”

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“The fact that this took place inside a barbershop, a hub for the community that is supposed to be a safe space for everyone to come and feel and look their best, makes us all the more devastated,” she said at the scene.

“We will continue to work urgently and without rest until we get to the point where our city is one where people do not feel the need to turn to violence,” she added.

The man’s death is the 34th homicide in the city this year, according to John Boyle, the Boston Police Department’s chief spokesman.

The shooting follows a violent weekend where three people were killed in separate incidents, in less than 48 hours.

On Saturday, 36-year-old Daniel Sanders was shot and killed near 39 Baird St. in Dorchester about 1 a.m. On Sunday, a 33-year-old mother, Jasmine Burrell, who was shot near her home in Mattapan about 5 a.m. That night, at around10:30 p.m., 21-year-old Christian Thistle-Kavanaugh was shot on Geneva Avenue and later died at a hospital.

The week before, on Oct. 16, 24-year-old Quaaneiruh Goodwyn was shot shortly before 9 p.m. outside a convenience store on Geneva Avenue while filming a video with friends. Two men were wounded during that incident, police said.

The violence is devastating the community, one faith leader said.

“There’s chaos in the streets and people do not feel safe,” The Rev. Kevin Peterson of the New Democracy Coalition said told reporters at the scene Wednesday night. “The belief is that things are out of control in terms of violence in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan.”

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Cox said the department is working to curb violent crime but also called on the public to hold fellow community members accountable.

“We’re trying to focus our resources around what we think the drivers of this violence are,” Cox said. “We’re doing all we can to make sure we’re in the right place at the right time, but we’ll always need the public’s support around some of this stuff because we don’t have a crystal ball.”

Police are asking anyone with information about any of the shootings to call the department’s homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

Kathy McCabe of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Camilo Fonseca can be reached at camilo.fonseca@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @fonseca_esq.