Neighborhood residents rattled by surge of violence in Boston

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Grief and fear gripped residents and community leaders after a spate of apparently gang-related shootings took the lives of four people in Mattapan, Ashmont, and Dorchester between Friday and Monday.

“It scares me,” said Abu Zafar, who manages O’Brien’s Liquor and Market across the street from the Tedeschi convenience store on Dorchester Avenue in Ashmont, where a 22-year-old man was shot to death Sunday night and where Zafar said gunfire is common. “It [could] happen in my store, too. [Guns are] every place; you don’t know who has a gun or not.”

On Rosewood Street in Mattapan, where a young man and woman were gunned down just six hours after the Tedeschi shooting, neighbors peered from behind their doors, most refusing to speak with a reporter.

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