Teen shot on Boston Common, police say

The scene near a shooting on Boston Common, America's oldest public park.

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BOSTON -- A man has been shot on Boston Common and is suffering life threatening injuries. 

The Boston Police Department issued a tweet just after 7 p.m. confirming the man was shot on the park near 139 Tremont Street. Police said two suspects were in custody.

The 19-year-old from the Hyde Park neighborhood is in critical condition, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans confirmed to CBS Boston

The gunshots sent passersby scattering for cover. The common is typically filled at that hour with people walking dogs or leaving work. The public transit system, the MBTA, temporarily shut down.

The shooting prompted nearby Emerson College to tweet out an alert saying, "Gunshots reported on/near Boston. If on campus go to nearest room, lock doors & silence phone."

The college later lifted the shelter-in-place order.

Boston Common is the country's oldest public park and is located across the street from the Massachusetts Statehouse.