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Gang feud suspected in fatal shooting

William Saladin, a 20-year-old Dorchester man who was shot in the head in the Franklin Hill Housing Development on Tuesday night in the midst of a late summer evening baseball game, died early yesterday morning at Boston Medical Center, according to Boston police spokeswoman Beverly Ford and hospital officials.

A police officer involved in the shooting investigation told the Globe that police consider the shooting to be a gang hit stemming from a feud between residents of the Franklin Hill Housing Development and youths who live in the Franklin Field area.

Police do not have a suspect in the shooting, the officer said.

Leandro Santana, 21, who was playing baseball when gunshots cracked through the darkness of the courtyard at the development on Shandon Road, said that the shooter fired seven shots, paused, and then fired two more rounds, one of which struck Saladin in the head.

Saladin's family members told the Globe that the youth's best friend was also killed last year.

''There's a lot of rivalries going on throughout the whole community," said Ron Bell, a community activist who has done street outreach in Franklin Field and Franklin Hill throughout the summer. ''The underlying issue is poverty. Franklin Hill, Mission Hill: There's rivalries because there's a lack of resources and jobs and therefore people are fighting over turf issues that they're creating underground."

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