22-Year-Old Dead After Brockton Shooting: Police

Ailson Barbosa, 22, of Brockton, was shot and killed Saturday night outside his home at 117 Belmont Avenue

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A 22-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday night outside of his home in Brockton, Massachusetts, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced Sunday.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, Brockton police were alerted to multiple shots fired in the area of 117 Belmont Avenue, which is just feet away from a children's playground and right across the street from a church.

Upon arrival, officers found a victim, later identified as Ailson Barbosa, lying on the steps of his Brockton home suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Barbosa was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"It's very sad for our city, and especially the young people," said Vena Ulyssa, a pastor at United Evangelical Christian Church across the street from where the fatal shooting happened.

Pastor Ulyssa says the shooting was the talk of Sunday's service and says one of her parishioners dodged the gunfire.

"She was practically afraid for herself, for her life, for her kids, and she even had one of the bullets that went through her house," Ulyssa said.

Brockton resident Gueldine Velme said it's very sad to see that happen in the area.

"We were very sad about it," Velme said.

There was a large police presence on Belmont Avenue in Brockton, Massachusetts, late Saturday night.

Part of Belmont Avenue was shut down Saturday night as authorities tried to figure out what happened, and a number of evidence markers were littering the roadway, with more than 15 visible.

Investigators were also seen canvassing the area with their flashlights in both the front yard and driveway of Barbosa's home. Some of the investigation additionally appeared to be centered around a BMW parked just behind some trees in the yard.

The victim's family did not want to talk Sunday with NBC10 Boston.

There have not been any arrests in the case at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police detectives at 508-894-2600.

The investigation is ongoing.

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