Witnesses: Man shot while hanging with friends on sidewalk

A man shot and killed in Dorchester Wednesday evening was reportedly hanging out with a group of friends on the sidewalk when a man walked up to him and shot him.

Relatives identified the victim to the Boston Globe as 21-year-old Roland Singleton. Singleton was a father of a 2-year-old girl, the Globe reports.

Roland Singleton

Roland Singleton

The incident happened just before 7:45 p.m. outside 10 Ripley Rd. in Dorchester, near Ripley Playground. Witnesses told the Boston Herald that a man in a hooded sweatshirt walked up to Singleton and fired his gun, shooting multiple times and hitting Singleton in the head.

Friends and relatives described Singleton to WBZ and the Globe as a man who was a good friend and devoted to his daughter. The youngest of eight children, Singleton grew up in Roxbury and lost both of his parents by the age of 16, according to the Globe.

Singleton’s death marked Boston’s 25th homicide of 2016.

Police have not made any arrests¬†in connection with the shooting, and are asking anyone with information to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470. People who want to leave anonymous tips can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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