Man shot, killed overnight near Copley Square

Posted: 08/23/13 at 5:35 am EDT      Last Updated: 08/23/13 at 10:27 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- A man was shot and killed in Boston’s Copley Square Thursday night. Police continue to look for the suspect.

Shots rang out near the corner of Boylston and Clarendon Streets. Boston Police on patrol reported the violence at 11:08 p.m.

“They heard approximately two to three gunshots and responded to 553 Boylston Street where upon they found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest,” said Supt. William Gross of the Boston Police Department.

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino said police are making progress in the case and they are speaking to witnesses.

“Police know it’s not a random shooting. We think it’s drug related,” said Menino.

A police K-9 unit sniffed for clues as detectives searched for shell casings in the area. A murder investigation is underway. Police are hoping a distinctive piece of clothing worn by the shooter could help identify him.

"The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches and clad in a blue Hawaiian shirt. He fled on Boylston Street onto Clarendon Street headed towards Tremont Street," said Gross.

A woman, who identified herself as the victim’s aunt, said she is hoping the police will make an arrest quickly. The woman said the victim is a 22-year-old man who attended the Josiah Quincy Upper School on Arlington Street.

“Whoever this fellow is…God will get you. Don’t worry, you’re not going to get away with this,” said Delaney Cooper, who said she is the victim’s aunt.

There are surveillance videos in the area of the shooting. Police are reviewing the video.

Investigators also took apart a decorative pink globe in Copley Square, which was apparently hit by a stray bullet.

The shooting occurred in a busy area of the city -- tourists flock the shops, duck boat tours drive through at regular intervals and people stop to look at the historic Trinity Church. It’s not as busy after 11 p.m., but the violence is a concern for many in an area that seems very safe.

“Very shocking to see. It’s very sad,” said Kathy Frey, a tourist from Alabama.

Boston police is urging anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact police.

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