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Man shot in Back Bay dies; police search for killer

A young man was shot in the chest in the 500 block of Boylston Street on Thursday night but Friday the area was quiet as usual. Police said they think the attack was drug-related.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

A young man was shot in the chest in the 500 block of Boylston Street on Thursday night but Friday the area was quiet as usual. Police said they think the attack was drug-related.

A man has died after being shot in Copley Square Thursday night, and Boston police are continuing their search for the man’s killer, officials said.

The victim, whose name has not been released by police, was shot in the chest just before 11:10 p.m. in the 500 block of Boylston Street and later died, police said.

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The victim was a male believed to be in his 20s or 30s, and police said they believe the shooting was drug-related.

Boston police found the man lying in the middle of the street near Trinity Church. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, police said.

A man wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt was seen fleeing Boylston Street, heading toward Claredon Street.

Police have identified him as a possible suspect and said they are planning to search for possible surveillance footage from businesses and apartment complexes in the area.

At the scene Friday morning, Nick Deforrest, 23, who has slept outside Trinity Church for two years, said Copley Square is usually “nice and quiet and peaceful.”

He was surprised when he heard the shots Thursday night, he said, and when police came by the church and asked if he or his friends had seen anything suspicious.

“I’ve never seen anything this crazy happen here,” he said.

“I’ll definitely be more cautious from now on, especially because the victim was young like me.”

Reached Friday evening, police said no further information was immediately available.

Globe correspondent
Nikita Lalwani contributed
to this report.
Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@
globe.com
or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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