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Man dies following daylight Dorchester shooting

A man who was found with a gunshot wound inside a vehicle in Dorchester following a brazen daytime shooting late Monday afternoon has died, police said.

Boston police went to the area of 264 Columbia Road shortly before 5 p.m. in response to a report of a ShotSpotter activation, Boston police Superintendent Felipe Colon told reporters at the scene, according to audio provided by the police department.

Officers found a man, whose identity was not immediately released, with a gunshot wound inside a vehicle near 243 Columbia Road, Colon said. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, he said.


No arrests have been made.

“This is horrible,” Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox said of the shooting taking place on a busy street as workers headed home. “Gun violence, it’s such an epidemic in this country right now.”

The shooting occurred near the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. No one inside the school was affected, Cox said.

“This is a daylight shooting. It happened in the middle of the day — a lot of people are out here in general, so we’re asking for the public to help us with this,” Cox said.

Police are investigating. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.

Columbia Road was shut down Monday evening near Ceylon Street, Geneva Avenue, and Quincy Street due to police activity, Boston police tweeted.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470, Colon said. Those who wish to assist the investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS.

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