Male victim sustains life-threatening injuries in Roxbury shooting

A male victim sustained life-threatening injuries when he was shot near the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and Seaver Street in Roxbury late Thursday, Boston police said.

Police responded to the scene at 9:26 p.m. and found the victim, who was then taken to Boston Medical Center, according to Officer Nicole Grant, a Boston police spokeswoman.

No other details on the shooting were immediately available.

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Police tape enclosed Humboldt Avenue between Seaver and Brookledge streets Thursday night, with many additional strips of tape snaking between parked cars and around trees and poles.

Inside the crime scene, plainclothes and uniformed police clustered around a dark blue sport utility vehicle with a dented rear panel that was parked halfway in a bus stop outside 280 Humboldt Ave. Through windows into the building’s foyer, faces peered out as police examined the scene.

The officers shone flashlights into the vehicle and took photos of the interior and the surrounding area. A K-9 team prowled the adjacent sidewalk.

A police wagon and multiple cruisers were parked along the street, several with blue lights flashing.

Tiffany, a resident of 280 Humboldt who declined to give her last name because she feared for her safety, arrived at the intersection around 10:45 p.m.

“This is crazy. This is ridiculous,” she said. “You can’t even come home from work without finding something like this.”

She said violence occurs near her home “all the time,” and the neighborhood is strewn with small, spontaneous memorials of teddy bears and flowers marking the spots where homicide victims died.

“It’s sad, but I think we’re immune to it,” she said. “It’s crazy to be immune to death.”

Too often, she said, the killers are never caught. As she watched police gather evidence, she said she did not understand why they even bothered.

“They’re going to look at it and put it in the file cabinet, and then it’s going to be just another John Doe in the ’hood.”

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