A lone gunman opened fire Thursday night on patrons inside a Dorchester hair salon, fatally shooting a man in his 20s and wounding a woman in her 70s, police said.
Boston Police Captain John Danilecki said at the scene that the shooting occurred at the Universal Barber Shop & Beauty Salon on 436 Geneva Ave. at about 7:05 p.m.
He said the male victim, who was shot in the head and later pronounced dead at the scene, was getting his hair cut at the time of the attack.
The woman, who was also getting her hair done, was shot on her arm and taken to Boston Medical Center, according to Danilecki. Authorities believe the man was targeted but that the woman was not. She is expected to survive her injuries.
Police did not discuss details about a possible motive for the shooting, nor did they identify either victim on Thursday night. At the request of homicide detectives, Danilecki declined to provide a description of the suspect.
He said detectives were interviewing witnesses and felt that releasing a description could compromise the investigation.
The slaying was the 40th homicide in the city of Boston this year, compared to 45 at this time last year, a police spokesman said.
A crowd gathered by the crime scene tape near the scene of the shooting on Thursday night while police investigated in and around the salon, which is next to a supermarket and also near several triple deckers.
Kevin Brown, 43, a neighborhood resident, said he knew the man who was killed.
Brown said he spoke to him only in passing, and thought he worked in the salon.
“I didn’t see him having problems with anybody,’’ Brown said. “It’s crazy.’’
He said of the neighborhood, “it calmed down a lot compared to what it was’’ in the past. He said, however, that there was also a recent stabbing in the area.
One woman, who would only give her first name, Lissi, said she came to the street to pick up her kids. She said the news of the shootings was unsettling.
“It’s scary,’’ said Lissi, 31, of Dorchester.
Police asked anyone with information on the shootings to call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. People with information can also call the department’s anonymous tipline at 800-494-TIPS, or text the word TIP to CRIME .