Last night’s MIT shooting keeps Boston at the top of international news agenda today, just days after the bombing tragedy during the world famous Boston Marathon:
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot and killed at the campus outside Boston, authorities said early Friday. No arrests had been made, and a manhunt was on for the shooter. The officer was responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney’s office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims. MIT said on its website right after the shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors until further notice. People were urged to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area. Hours later, MIT said the campus was clear. The shooting came little more than three days after the twin bombings on the Boston Marathon that killed three people, wounded more than 180 others and led to an increase in security across the city.
Boston Police was also active in Watertown community as remains unclear if the MIT shooting incident is related with the Boston Marathon bombing:
Police descended on a vehicle in the neighboring Watertown community later in the evening amid reports of gunfire and explosions, the ABC TV station in Boston reported. One suspect was in police custody, local media reported. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the reports. Police officers with weapons drawn, and people wearing FBI and ATF jackets could be seen in the live video. It was not clear if the police activity in Watertown was related to the shooting at MIT, or if either was connected to the bombing of the Boston marathon, which killed three people and wounded 176. David Procopio, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, said that while he did not believe the MIT shooting was connected to the Boston Marathon bombing, “I can’t say that with 100 percent certainty at this time.” MIT early on Friday said that MIT police had determined that the suspect in the shooting was no longer on campus and it was now safe to resume normal activities. Massachusetts State Police and Cambridge police said they were assisting in the investigation. Procopio said the motive for the shooting was not known and the investigation would be led by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office after the death of the officer. FBI Boston Special Agent Greg Comcowich said the office was referring questions about the shooting to Cambridge and MIT police. “I can tell you that we are aware of it however.” The shots on Thursday night were reported near Building 32, MIT said in an emergency statement warning students to “stay indoors and away from the area.”
Police cordoned off the MIT Building 32, as activities in the university have returned to normal:
The MIT officer was responding to a disturbance when he was fired upon, according to the state district attorney’s office. He sustained “multiple gunshot wounds.” State police and the FBI were called in after the shooting and found the campus policeman near Building 32 on MIT’s campus. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the district attorney’s office said. Dozens of officers surrounded and cordoned off the building, known as the Stata Center, which houses computer science laboratories as well as the department of linguistics and philosophy, according to MIT’s website. The university, which lies adjacent to the city of Boston, requested people stay away from the building as police considered the situation potentially dangerous. Howling sirens pierced the night quiet, and flashing lights lit up the darkness, as dozens of officers from state and city police responded to the deadly shooting on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Hardly an hour later, they were chasing suspects in a hijacked vehicle just less than five miles away. There were reports that explosives may have been involved before police cornered the vehicle.
Finally, the main question remained to be answered by the police in Boston: Has the MIT shooting related to Boston Marathon bombing?