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Hardware store owner fatally shot in Mission Hill

AC Hardware’s owner appears in a sign that hangs over Tremont Street.
AC Hardware’s owner appears in a sign that hangs over Tremont Street. –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

The well-known owner of a hardware store in Mission Hill was fatally shot Tuesday, and three people were arrested after a police chase through the neighborhood, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

The victim, Andres Cruz, was 58 years old, a law enforcement official briefed on the case said. Neighbors described him as a “Norman Rockwell’’ figure in the neighborhood, who was often seen sweeping the sidewalk outside his store, AC Hardware, at 1562 Tremont St.

The shooting occurred at the store, according­ to police.

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