More shooting has happened in the MIT Watertown area as police have alerted the community to a suspect at large currently out on the loose reportedly wearing a hoodie and armed. In addition, Auburn Hospital in the area where the MIT Watertown shootings and explosion took place is currently under a code black according to updates on twitter, which some users are saying is used to signify a possible bomb threat. Could Auburn Hospital be the next Massachusetts location to undergo attack?
The news that an MIT Watertown shooting and explosion have taken place early Friday morning rocked the Massachusetts area as fear that a connection to Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon fills the minds of those in the area.
Here is the latest from twitter on the Watertown shooting incident:
— RT (@RT_com) April 19, 2013
Update: #Watertown: Multiple bomb units on scene. Unconfirmed number of suspects. Some sources say #BostonMarathon suspects, others won't.
UPDATE: National Guard, FBI both on scene in Watertown, Cambridge bomb squad vehicle going in on.rt.com/s1s07i #Watertown — RT (@RT_com) April 19, 2013
#RT Police on scanner: looking for white male, gray hoodie, armed & extremely dangerous with explosives and automatic rifle.#watertown — Film Maker (@RedOneRabbit) April 19, 2013
— rondostar (@rondostar) April 19, 2013
EARLIER FRIDAY MORNING:
A Watertown shooting at MIT has left one police officer killed on the campus as shock and dismay hit hard in an area already grief stricken by the Boston bombing incident which occurred on Monday. But are the Watertown shooting and the Boston Marathon explosion connected?
Read on to find out. It seems the Watertown shooting took place after an officer arrived at the MIT campus answer a call regarding a disturbance in the area. At the time of his arrival the officer was shot multiple times. No other victims have been reported in the Watertown shooting but the case is still a developing one. At this time the Massachusetts State Police are currently looking for a suspect who was responsible for the shooting which took place on the MIT Watertown campus but at this point no arrests have been made.
Here is the official report from the DA's office, via the Boston Globe:
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.
So how did the Watertown shooting happen? Well it seems around 10:48 pm on Thursday, gunshots were heard near Building 32 (Stata) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is presumably when the officer mentioned above was shot. The areas surrounding MIT is cordoned off and MIT's official website is carrying an alert that reads: " Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred." To stay up to date on what is happening with the case you can tune in to a live audio feed of the Boston Police here: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/6254/web
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings it is disturbing to hear that multiple shots were fired and explosives apparently were detonated in Watertown. At this point a motive for the shooting is unknown and no connection to the Boston Marathon bombings have yet been made. One out of two suspects are currently in police custody. However, with the second suspect in the Watertown shooting still loose police are advising for people to remain indoors while requests that cellphones in the area be switched off.
Why turn off cellphones? In the Boston Marathon bombings which occurred on Monday, cellphones signals are thought to have been used to trigger explosives there and in the case of the Watertown shooting at MIT, the fear is more bombs could be present there.
UPDATE: The second suspect has been located and is lying flat on the ground as the below photo shows but no one is currently approaching his, MIT police believe the man could have explosives attached to his body.
UPDATE 2: Second suspect in the MIT Watertown shooting incident has been arrested after he was asked to remove all his clothing to check for bombs.
Latest On MIT Watertwon Shooting and Explosion From Twitter:
— Ian O'Keefe (@ipokeefe) April 19, 2013
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 19, 2013
— RT (@RT_com) April 19, 2013
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) April 19, 2013
Police in #Watertown announced on bullhorn that a suspect is in custody, according to CNN photographer on scene.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 19, 2013
— Faith Muthoni Karimi (@faithcnn) April 19, 2013