Man is shot to death near Forest Hills MBTA station in Jamaica Plain; no arrests made

A man was shot to death this evening on Hyde Park Avenue in the Forest Hills neighborhood, Boston police said.

The shooting took place around 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Hyde Park Avenue, which is a short distance from the MBTA’s Forest Hills station. The shooting is being considered a homicide, said Boston police spokeswoman, Officer Nicole Grant.

At the scene last night, along a busy stretch of Hyde Park Avenue, police blocked off a trio of homes centered around 132 Hyde Park Ave. Inside that multi-family house, the flash of crime scene photographers’ cameras could be seen as other police officers stood along the sidewalk and some investigators took pictures of parked cars nearby.

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Ryan Hinkle, 27, who lives with his fiance, Niki Michael, 26, a few houses down, said he did not hear any shots.

The two described the area where they’ve lived for almost three years as “mediocre” in terms of safety, and said that a robber broke into their home on New Year’s Eve while they were out.

The robber took some electronic equipment from their home, and left a butcher knife on Hinkle’s bed, they said.

“It seems like it’s getting better overall, but we got broken into, then this,” Hinkle said.

Still, the couple said they feel generally safe in the neighborhood.

Another neighbor, who asked not to be named out of fear for safety, said she has seen a lot of people coming and going from the house where the shooting occurred. She said the house seemed to have a higher volume of visitors than other neighboring homes.

No arrests have been made, police said. The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.