BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts Avenue from Boylston Street to Huntington Avenue was shut down for a police investigation Monday night.

Officials said a gang-related shooting took place in the area and a man has been hospitalized with critical injuries.

He was transported to Boston Medical Center.

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Police shut down a section of Mass Ave. to investigate a shooting (WBZ-TV)

Police Commissioner William Evans said reports of a shooting came in around 8:10 p.m.

Responding officers found a car crashed into a parked car and the man inside suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

“We clearly believe this is a gang-related shooting, we had one individual shooting at the other in the car and they were sort of going at it, ramming each other as they were going by,” said Evans.

The victim, believed to be in his early 30s, is well-known to police, Evans added.

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A car involved in a shooting and car crash on Mass Ave. (WBZ-TV)

“We’ve got to get the guns off the streets. There’s way too many guns in the hands of these young kids,” Evans said.

Berklee College and Northeastern University tweeted that there is no threat to the general public.

Officials said they are searching for a dark SUV that is involved in the shooting.

“We need the public’s help, obviously, there are a lot of people around. It’s very disturbing. We’re lucky no one else got hurt in the area.”

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