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MIT police officer reported shot near campus

April 18, 2013|By Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Andrew Tangel and Laura Nelson
  • Police respond to a shooting on or near the campus of MIT.
Police respond to a shooting on or near the campus of MIT. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske )

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A Massachussetts Institute of Technology police officer was reported shot on or near campus Thursday evening, according to local media and scanner reports.

MIT police could not immediately be reached for comment. An official with the Cambridge Police Department told the Los Angeles Times that Cambridge Police, MIT police and state police were all en route to a "very active" scene.

The shots were reported near the campus' Ray and Maria Stata Center, also known as Building 32, at 10:48 p.m. Eastern time.

Vassar Street was cordoned off with helicopters overhead. Heavily armed police could be seen checking cars with a police dog.

As of 11:20 p.m., a campus alert said, "Responding agencies continue to investigate active shooter incident" and warned students and onlookers to stay away.

The Tech, an MIT student newspaper, reported that the officer has been taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, which could not be reached for confirmation. The Tech tweeted a photo of a blood-spattered sidewalk.

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matt.pearce@latimes.com

molly.hennessy-fiske@latimes.com

andrew.tangel@latimes.com

laura.nelson@latimes.com

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