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Man shot to death in Mattapan; second homicide in two nights

By Jan Ransom Globe Staff 

On a steamy evening Tuesday, a man was sitting in a wooden chair on a stoop in Mattapan with two other men when a dozen gunshots rang out. Police arrived around 7 p.m. to find the man dead inside the Delhi Street building.

It was the second killing in as many days in the Boston neighborhood. A little before 9 p.m. on Monday, about a mile away on Hosmer Street, a man sitting in a black SUV was killed in a hail of gunfire.

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“He was moving his head, and trying to speak,” recalled a 52-year-old neighbor, who declined to give his name. “I said, ‘Hold on man. The ambulance is coming.’ ”

The man’s relatives rushed to his side, calling his name and shouting for someone to call 911. A person with knowledge of the investigation identified the victim as Corey Reid, 38.

The neighbor said he was about to go to bed when he heard what sounded like fireworks, followed by a car speeding away.

“There was a guy screaming, ‘They shot him! They shot him!’ ” he said. “It’s an awful waste . . . a tragedy.”

On Delhi Street, residents said they heard a woman cry out — “They shot my brother!” Police were running down the street searching for the shooter, they said.

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“It’s scary,” said one neighbor. “It makes me want to move.”

A man who was baby-sitting his nephew a few houses away said he was “scared to death.”

“I’m like, ‘That could have been me.’ It’s crazy,” said Tony, 34, a Northeastern University student.

The killing was the city’s 18th so far this year.

“It’s getting hot; that’s when it usually pops off,” said a Delhi Street resident named Jason, 47. “I’m used to it. I’ve seen this and worse.”

Boston police are investigating the fatal shootings. They did not provide any information on the victims or the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or anonymously call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS.