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18-year-old man killed in Roxbury marks 35th homicide in the city this year

Boston police responded to the scene shortly after 7 p.m.
Boston police responded to the scene shortly after 7 p.m.(Danny McDonald/for The Boston Globe)

In Boston’s 35th homicide of the year, an 18-year-old man was shot and killed in Roxbury Wednesday evening, police said.

Police responded to the area of 39 Hollander St. shortly after 7:10 p.m. after reports from ShotSpotter, a system that alerts police to gunfire, and 911 calls, Boston police deputy superintendent Marcus Eddings said at the scene Wednesday night.

Officers at the scene found a man with a gunshot wound outside in a thickly settled neighborhood. He was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and later pronounced dead, Boston police said in a statement.

“Any person shot and killed on the streets of Boston — one is too many,” said Eddings at the scene. “We strive to make Boston the safest city in the country.”

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Eddings said the fatal shooting was the 35th homicide of the year in the city. Boston saw the same number of homicides at this point last year, he said.

It was not immediately clear if a nearby car crash that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries was connected to Wednesday night’s shooting, police said.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Police are investigating the incident and urge anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.


Danny McDonald can be reached at Daniel.McDonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @danny__mcdonald.