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MIT Shooting: CNN Reports Major Incident Involving Explosives and Automatic Gunfire

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MIT Shooting Linked to Ongoing Boston Marathon Bomber Search

Violence that erupted on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts appears to be linked to the ongoing search in Watertown for the Boston Marathon terrorist attack suspects.

Reports say that a massive gunfight followed a 10:30 p.m. robbery of a 7/11 in Cambridge that then led to the death of an MIT police officer. Suspects hijacked a vehicle into Watertown, where the two suspects engaged Watertown police officers and an MBTA officer with gunfire and explosives. One suspect has been disabled, as well as the MBTA officer, who is in critical condition at a local hospital.

One suspect remains at large.

Follow our ongoing coverage here.

Watertown Chase: Unverified Boston Globe Story Says Marathon Bombing Suspect in Custody Following Gunfight

Unspecified police officials have told the Boston Globe that an ongoing violent incident possibly involving explosives in Watertown has resulted in the arrest of a Marathon bombing suspect.

Shortly before 11:00 p.m. EDT, a Massachussetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot multiple times and killed by unknown assailants.

In what has not been verified to be a connected incident, an apparent carjacking resulted in a police chase and shootout between two suspects in the nearby town of Watertown. It was reported that explosives were deployed against law enforcement officials in the chase, and one officer may have been injured. Video streaming live on CNN confirms at least several dozen shots were fired. One suspect was taken into custody, and another remains at large.

If the Globe is to be believed, what initially appeared to be an unconnected incident may in fact involve the apprehension of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. However, it must be stressed that reports remain vague and unconfirmed. An FBI source told the Globe that it was too early to claim any connection.

MIT Campus is Safe, Say MIT Police

The MIT police have announced that the Cambridge campus is safe following earlier reports that an officer was shot multiple times and killed on campus.

The event began at around 10:45 p.m. EDT on Thursday night, when an MIT officer was killed during a violent incident possibly relating to a campus theft. The scene then shifted to Watertown, where shots were traded between one or multiple suspects and a pursuing group of Boston police officers including SWAT officers. One officer was wounded in Watertown, according to live coverage, and a suspect was taken into custody. CNN is currently reporting explosives and automatic gunfire were involved in the incident, though it is unclear whether such reports can be corroborated.

As this incident dies down, it is additionally unclear whether there is any connection to Monday's Boston Marathon terrorist attack, though such a link seems unlikely.

MIT Campus is Safe, Says MIT Police

The MIT police have announced that the Cambridge campus is safe following earlier reports that an officer was shot multiple times and killed on campus.

The event began at around 10:45 p.m. EDT on Thursday night, when an MIT officer was killed during a violent incident possibly relating to a campus theft. The scene then shifted to Watertown, where shots were traded between one or multiple suspects and a pursuing group of Boston police officers including SWAT officers. One officer was wounded in Watertown, according to live coverage, and a suspect was taken into custody. CNN is currently reporting explosives and automatic gunfire were involved in the incident, though it is unclear whether such reports can be corroborated.

As this incident dies down, it is additionally unclear whether there is any connection to Monday's Boston Marathon terrorist attack, though such a link seems unlikely.

Suspect Arrested Concerning Tonight's Boston Incident

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A suspect has been arrested in conjunction with tonight's incident according to CNN.

Boston Shooting: Ongoing Violent Incident Possibly Involves Gunfire Or Explosives

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A major violent attack has been reported in Boston separate from the MIT shooting that occurred earlier. Details are sparse but local news is reporting gunfire and explosives.

ABC 5 news had this story quickly up:

"NewsCenter 5's Sean Kelly reported shots fired and explosive devices being detonated in Watertown."

Twitter was quick to let information out:

Boston Channel 7 News just tweeted this picture from the apparent crime scene:

The local Boston ABC affiliate is broadcasting similar reports:

We will update you as further details come through. This is a developing story.

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Boston Police Live Feed

Update: This appears to be a carjacking gone bad in the area of Cambridge. The New York Times reports that the two individuals engaged in a shootout with police behind a black Mercedes before. At that point, one suspect was detained while another fled in an SUV. This incident came hours after a shooting at MIT which left one police officer dead. 

Police were involved in the pursuit of at least one suspect who appeared to be on foot according to the scanner, which is being broadcast live

The bomb squad was called, after there were reports of unidentified packages in the road. Following that, the scanner warned all units have been instructed to power down all cell phones for fear of explosions. The police officers indicated that there might be multiple devices.

This situation is extremely fluid and rapidly developing. Details are changing almost every minute, will update as much as possible.

Please refer to the posts above this for the most up-to-date information. 

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MIT Shooter: Still On the Loose

Around 10:48 PM Thursday evening, gunshots were reported on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Those gunshots were fired into a police officer with the MIT campus police, who was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead from his injuries. The Middlesex District Attorney's office issued this release:

“Massachusetts State Police and Cambridge Police are investigating a fatal shooting this evening in Cambridge, Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas announced this evening.

“An MIT campus police officer responding to a report of a disturbance in the area of Vasser and Main streets was reportedly shot. According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced deceased.

“Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

“There are no other victims. No arrests have been made. The investigation remains ongoing."

There has been no word on the status of the shooter, but the university is still advising students to stay indoors as of 12:28 AM Friday:

Update on shooter situation.  Responding agencies are actively investigating the situation, which remains very fluid at this time.  Police continue to sweep the campus.  Stay indoors and remain inside until further notice.

MIT Shooting Update: Officer Dead, School Tells Students to Stay Indoors

The Massachusetts State Police have announced that the MIT police officer who was shot late Thursday night, has died of his injuries. He has not yet been identified. MIT provided this update to the university community:

Update on shooter incident.  Responding agencies continue to investigate the situation.  Police are sweeping the campus at this time, please continue to stay indoors and remain inside until further notice.

The gunman in question reportedly robbed, or attempted to rob a 7/11 in Central Square in Cambridge, and fled the scene. 

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Cambridge Shooter May Have Been Disarmed

CNN's Drew Miller is reporting that the scene appears to have entered an "investigative phase," suggesting that the gunman has been disarmed. One MIT campus police officer has been shot and was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The gunman had supposedly fled to MIT's Stata Center after a botched robbery at a local convenience store. The shooting comes just four days after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It does not appear that these two incidents are linked. 

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MIT Shooting: CNN Reports Major Incident Involving Explosives and Automatic Gunfire

At 10:48 PM on Thursday night, shots were reported fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The campus alert system put out the following message to the community:

At 10:48 PM today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies. The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred.. Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous, an investigation is underway. Updates will be provided at this site when more information becomes available.

PolicyMic will provide additional information on this breaking story as it becomes available.

 

 

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