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Double shooting reported at Dollar Store in Brockton

BROCKTON - Two people were shot Tuesday afternoon at a Dollar Tree store on North Montello Street, officials said.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office confirmed the shootings in a brief statement, which said the violence erupted “inside a Dollar Tree store” just before 2 p.m.

“Two male victims were transported to area hospitals,” the statement said. “Brockton Police contacted Massachusetts State Police troopers assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and an investigation commenced. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.”

The victims’ conditions and ages weren’t immediately available, and no information was immediately released about a possible suspect.

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A spokesman for Cruz’s office said early Tuesday evening there was no further information available.

The store was closed to all but investigators.

Outside of the entrance, two green empty shopping baskets lay on their sides, abandoned on the curb.

Yellow tape blocked off the parking lot in front of the store’s entrance. A police cruiser was parked nearby.

Investigators were still entering and exiting the scene Tuesday evening. They declined to comment.

A worker at the Advance Auto Parts next door said he was unaware of what was happening at the store.

The shooting is the second in recent days at a Massachusetts retailer. On Saturday in Holyoke, a nail salon technician was shot and killed inside Touch of Beauty Hair & Nail Salon at the Holyoke Mall, authorities said.

The technician, identified as Trung Tran, 33, of West Springfield, was an innocent bystander, police said.

Police arrested and charged Kenneth J. Rodriguez-Santana, 23, of Springfield with murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly told police his girlfriend’s former boyfriend confronted them inside the salon. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail, pending a hearing, the Globe reported.

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This breaking news story will be updated when more information is released.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com.