A man was shot in Mattapan Saturday night and later died at a local hospital, Boston police said.

The man, who was not identified, was shot in the area of 500 Blue Hill Ave. around 8:20 p.m., said Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

He was taken to an area hospital, where was pronounced dead, police said.

The victim’s name and age were not released. Police also did not identify the hospital where he was taken.

Several blocks of Blue Hill Avenue were taped off and closed to traffic while police began the initial stages of the investigation.

There were about a dozen yellow forensic markers on the sidewalk outside of 490 Blue Hill Ave. A dark-colored Camry with a partially broken windshield was parked inside the crime scene.


Neighbors watched from their front steps or apartment windows as police investigators combed the scene with flashlights and took notes.

The number 28 MBTA bus, on its way to Ruggles Station, was forced to stop on Blue Hill Avenue for over an hour, waiting left waiting for over an hour for the crime scene to clear.

Some passengers on the bus got off and walked to the station. “It was going to be faster,” said the bus driver, who declined to be identified.

Residents in the area were not allowed to cross the police tape without an officer escorting them. One officer held the police tape up and allowed two people to cross through the crime scene carrying two large bags of groceries.

The members of the Neighborhood Trauma Team wearing City of Boston shirts stood at the outskirts of the crime scene talking to police.

“We’re looking for any witnesses who may assist with this investigation,” Deputy Superintendent Marcus Eddings told the press at the scene.

“There was no [other] person hit with any gunfire, and we’re unsure if he was with anyone else,” Eddings said.


Police do not know if the shooter was on the street or in a vehicle when the shooting happened.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Correspondent Adam Sennott contributed. Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com.