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Man Fatally Shot Near Public Park in Roxbury, Boston Police Say; No Arrests

The fatal shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. in the area of 625 Shamut Avenue, across the street from the Jim Rice Baseball Field at Ramsey Park, Boston police said

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A man was shot and killed Thursday night in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.

Boston police were called to the area of 625 Shamut Avenue just after 6 p.m. for a report of a person shot and found a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden and Boston police deputy superintendent James Miller.

"Unfortunately despite the rapid response of our first responders here, the young man unfortunately did not survive. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Hayden said. "As always, we need the community's support and help here. You can call if you have any information."

Hanser Abraham Moreta-Gonzalez, 26, of Boston, was identified as the victim in the shooting.

The fatal shooting, which occurred in the general vicinity of a parking lot, the DA said, happened directly across the street from the Jim Rice Baseball Field at Ramsey Park.

Video from the scene showed a large portion of a parking lot cordoned off by police tape, with numerous evidence markers on the ground. Authorities said they're still investigating how many shots were fired, or whether the suspect fled on foot or in a car.

No arrests have been made. According to the district attorney, there is no reason to believe the community is at risk.

Authorities stressed however that they are concerned for the community at large any time a shooting like this happens, noting how Thursday's was in such close proximity to the park.

"Right behind us there are soccer games going on, football practice with some of our young people," Hayden said while speaking at the scene Thursday night. "We're always concerned about our community and our people when these things happen. And we're going to need people's help and support as we attempt to work hard in this case."

While investigators collected evidence Thursday night, a group of kids continued to practice football across the street -- it's that proximity to violence that has parents like Marina Melo worried.

"Crime is on the rise," she said. "And Boston is becoming more dangerous. We need to be safe, and there needs to be more police in these areas."

The district attorney said, as always, they'll do everything they can to investigate this case fully.

Anyone with information about Thursday's deadly shooting is urged to call the Boston Police Department homicide unit at 617-343-4470. Anonymous information can also be called into 617-494-TIPS.

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