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2 wounded in gunfire near historic Dedham ballroom

Nicole Fleming for the Boston Globe

DEDHAM — Police are investigating a shooting near Moseley’s on the Charles ballroom that left two Boston men injured early Saturday morning.

The victims, a 23-year-old Dorchester man and a 22-year-old Mattapan man, were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive, Dedham police said. The shooting occurred around 1:36 a.m.

Moseley’s was hosting a birthday celebration for Libras, said Dedham police chief Michael D’Entremont, who did not release any details about the circumstances of the shooting.

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No arrests had been made by late afternoon, he said.

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Moseley’s did not respond to requests for comment.

Residents said they were sleeping and awoke to a terrifying and confusing scene.

“Like it was the Fourth of July, but I knew it wasn’t firecrackers,” said Maureen Stewart, who lives nearby on Breede Terrace. “It was gunshots. That I knew. It might have been an automatic gun — it kept going and going.”

Two young men ran up and down the street making noise and ringing doorbells, including hers, she said. Stewart froze, afraid to open her door for the men who appeared drunk, she said.

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When a police cruiser appeared, the two young men walked up to it, Stewart said.

“When [the men] saw the cops, they were happy to see them,” she said.

The shooting victims and their vehicle were found on Breede Terrace, Dedham police said, but it was not clear whether they were the men ringing doorbells.

Another neighbor, Mark McAllister, said he, too, was awoken by the gunfire and listened to the police scanner as cruisers filled the large parking lot on the northwestern side of Bridge Street, which is used by visitors to Moseley’s and typically “lit up like daylight” with lights, McAllister said.

When Dedham and State Police, along with officers from Boston and Westwood, arrived on scene, officials said they had to disperse a large crowd at the ballroom. They interviewed several people who had been attending an event that evening.

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Investigators found numerous shell casings in the parking lot near the ballroom and on Bridge Street, officials said.

Moseley’s is believed to be the oldest continuously running ballroom in the country, according to its website. It was founded in 1905 as a summer canoe house and ballroom .

“Everyone I know has been there for some event over the years,” McAllister said. “They pack the parking lot.”

Evan Allen of the Globe staff and correspondent John Hilliard contributed to this report. Nicole Fleming can be reached at nicole.fleming@globe.com.