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Man riding in back seat of car fatally shot in Dorchester

Boston police established a crime scene.
Boston police established a crime scene.Danny McDonald/for the Boston Globe

A man believed to be about 19-years-old was shot and killed while riding in the back seat of a car in Dorchester Friday night, police said.

The slaying marks the city’s 52nd homicide this year, compared to 50 for the same period last year, Police Commissioner William G. Gross said.

It is sad,” said Gross, speaking at the scene, near the busy intersection of Talbot Avenue and Washington Street. “What’s sad is that some individual or individuals, their idea of conflict resolution is to fire into a motor vehicle . . . so it’s a tragedy. That could be a future leader, we don’t know because a life is taken too soon.”

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Officers responded to 47 Norwell St. after an activation from ShotSpotter, the acoustic gunfire detection system, shortly after 7:05 p.m., Gross said.

While en route to that address, police found the car that was shot near the corner of Norfolk Street and Talbot Avenue, in Codman Square. The victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound in his upper torso. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Gross said.

The preliminary investigation indicated the car, a dark-colored, four-door sedan, was in the process of parking when the victim was shot, he said. The car then fled, before police encountered it about a mile away from the Norwell Street address.

The investigation is active. Police were canvassing the area for video surveillance footage and witnesses.

“We’re working with the family to see if there were any incidents before with anyone else that might have led to this,” said Gross. “We have nothing thus far.”

More than 10 police officers responded to the scene, located near the bustling commercial heart of Codman Square. A section of Talbot Avenue was cordoned off with yellow police tape and closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Inside the police tape, the sedan that was shot at sat with its headlights on and three doors open.

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Mere yards away from that car was the Codman Square Health Center, where a community meeting about public safety was taking place Friday night as police responded to the scene.

The forum was led by City Council President Andrea J. Campbell, according to an attendee and a flier for the meeting. The meeting was intended to be a discussion about “how we can collectively address and improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” the flier stated.

Michael Folan, who has lived in Dorchester for about 30 years, said the meeting was underway for about an hour when he heard a commotion outside, including yelling.

Two high-ranking police officers were in the meeting and went outside to respond to the shooting’s aftermath, said Gross.

Folan recalled hoping that “no bullets would come through the door.” He said he attended the meeting because of the violence in the area.

“It’s reality in the neighborhood,” Folan said Friday night.

Later he added, “There is a surge here in violence, and as I say, it comes in waves and then dies down.”


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