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Man shot in the face in Roxbury is expected to survive

Boston police investigated the scene at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue on Monday.
Boston police investigated the scene at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue on Monday.(Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

A gunman on a bicycle shot a man standing at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue on Monday. The victim was shot in the face but is expected to survive.

The shooting happened at about 1:40 p.m., as the bicyclist rode toward the intersection on Melnea Cass, then took off down Massachusetts Ave., Boston Police Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke said. Police were looking for the suspect.

At the scene, police cordoned off the sidewalk at the corner, including a heavily-trodden dirt area where people often congregate. O’Rourke said the victim had been standing there, and that a bullet traveled through the lower part of his face. His condition was stable, O’Rourke said.

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Police tape also surrounded an adjacent parking lot for Best Western PLUS Roundhouse Suites Boston, though O’Rourke said he did not believe the shooting happened on that property.

Police had taken down the crime scene tape by about 2:30 p.m.

O’Rourke said police were collecting surveillance video of the incident as they sought to find out more about the incident.

“We’re canvassing the area, talking to witnesses, and doing everything we can to find out what happened here,” he said at the scene.

The shooting was the second violent incident to play out along the stretch of Massachusetts Avenue in three days. Another man was killed Saturday in a fight near 1071 Massachusetts Ave., police said. Authorities have made an arrest in that case.

Susan Sullivan, executive director of the Newmarket Business Association, whose offices are just a few blocks away from Monday’s shooting scene, walked over to see what was going on.

She said violence was unusual in the area, though it has struggled with substance abuse and homelessness. Sullivan also praised police for their response to the shooting.

“ While ... it is difficult every day to watch people with addiction and in the throes of homelessness and not to be able to do anything about it, it is rare that these issues affect the safety and security of the 28,000 people that work in this area,” she said.

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A Boston police detective carried an evidence bag from the scene.
A Boston police detective carried an evidence bag from the scene.(Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)
A Boston police detective placed a red shirt in an evidence bag.
A Boston police detective placed a red shirt in an evidence bag.(Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.