Man Shot Dead in Dorchester, Police Say; Shooting Not Believed to Be Random

The man was pronounced dead at the scene on Park Street, according to the Boston Police Department

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A man was fatally shot in Dorchester Friday, Boston police said, as they investigated another location nearby.

The shooting was reported on Park Street near Millet Street about 11:50 a.m. Friday, according to the Boston Police Department. When officers arrived, they found the man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around the corner on Spencer Street, SWAT officers were involved in a very active investigation, but police didn't say whether the two scenes were connected.

"Preliminary investigations lead us to believe that this was not a random act of violence. However, we do ask for the public's help," Deputy Superintendent James Miller said of the deadly shooting.

Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact Boston police detectives at 617-343-4470. People can also submit information anonymously by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or texting "TIP" to the number 27463.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

As the temperature rises, crime typically does too, but Boston Mayor Kim Janey is working to prevent that this year.

The shooting comes as city officials are pushing to prevent crime this summer -- Mayor Kim Janey and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins outlined their plans on Thursday.

"It's sad that, just yesterday, we were talking about summer strategies and attempting to curtail violence and we are here today and somebody- their life has been taken," Rollins said at a news conference.

Activist Leonard Lee, who lives nearby, said he was talking about violence and this coming summer on a Zoom call when he heard helicopters.

"I run out and I'm at a crime scene," Lee said.

It's the 16th homicide in Boston this year, and Rollins said her office will be expediting gun cases.

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