Gang violence starts with ramming cars, ends in gunfire on Mass. Ave., police say

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BOSTON - An investigation is continuing in the Back Bay where police are searching for the driver of a dark-colored SUV in connection to a shooting Monday night.

The incident occurred on Massachusetts Avenue near Huntington Avenue where a white car crashed into several parked cars after the unidentified driver was shot and killed.

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But, police said, the crime actually began blocks away when the victim and another driver started ramming into each other.

Witnesses told Boston 25 News that the scene was out of place and jarring. It took place in an area near Northeastern University and Symphony Hall, a normally quiet neighborhood frequented by college students and music lovers.

"I ran to the white car and put the car in park shaking the gentleman, but he wasn't awake," a witness said.

The witness said she didn't realize the driver was suffering from a gunshot wound.

"I thought he was in an accident," she said. "I thought he just passed out. I didn't realize he was shot until after."

Inside the car was a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Boston police Commissioner William Evans said the man in the white car was in his 30s, and is "well-known" to police.

He was critically injured and Tuesday night police announced that he had died.

Evans described the event as gang violence, and said it started about five blocks from where the car crashed.

"We had one individual shooting at the other in the car, and they were going at it, ramming each other as they went down Mass. Ave.," Evans said.

Police said they found multiple bullet holes in the white car as officers searched the area for shell casings.

The search for the shooter continues Tuesday.

"We need the public's help," Evans said. "It's very disturbing. We're lucky no one else got hurt in the area."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police.

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