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Man shot to death in Avon; town’s first slaying since 1996

AVON — A 23-year-old Avon man was fatally wounded last night as he sat in a car on Central Street and was shot by someone he may have known, officials said today. It was the first homicide in the small South Shore community since 1996.

Kristopher RosaFamily photo

Kristopher Rosa was in a car on Central Street around 9:40 p.m. when someone started shooting into the vehicle. A person who was in the car with Rosa drove the wounded man to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

“From the information we have to date, this appears to be an isolated incident and not a random act of violence,’’ Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said today at a press conference at his office in Canton.

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Morrissey and Avon Police Chief Warren Phillips would not comment on a motive for the murder.

The officials did not disclose who was in the car with Rosa at the time of the shooting, but they said the person has been interviewed by police. Police said Central Street residents reported hearing multiple gunshots, but by the time police arrived, the driver had already left for the hospital.

Rosa was an Avon native and the father of a five-month-old son. He was working for a supermarket at the time of his death, Morrissey said.

Morrissey said the murder does not signal a crime wave in Avon, a town of about 4,300 off Route 24 that is best known for its shopping centers and industrial parks.

“Avon is one of those sleepy little communities of Norfolk County,’’ Morrissy said. “It’s a great place to live.’’

The officials said they are searching for some vehicles and individuals as part of the ongoing investigation by Morrissey’s office and Avon and State Police detectives.