A dead police office at MIT and explosions in the nearby Boston suburb of Watertown mere days after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon sound like more than mere coincidence to me.
Here is the brief:
What We Know So Far
– At about 10.30 p.m. there was a shooting on the MIT campus
– There was a carjacking on the MIT campus
– There was an FBI presence at MIT
– One suspect was apprehended in Watertown, not far from MIT
– There is an FBI presence in Watertown
And the article:
Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones.
The FBI reportedly told CNN that they are working with local police to determine if any link exists between the events that have taken place in Massachusetts tonight, and the Boston Marathon bomb attacks.
Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where television outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. A helicopter is circling overhead.
Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted “fire in the hole.”
A suspect was taken into custody, CNN reported.
Reporters are being told to move away from the scene. A police officer told a reporter: “If you want to live, turn off your cell phone.”
Earlier Thursday night a campus police officer was shot and killed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and authorities were searching for the person responsible. Police have not officially linked the two events.
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 that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and people were urged 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.
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.
The shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building, according to state police spokesman Dave Procopio.
The officer, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from his wounds.
Police with guns drawn search for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge.
MIT releases statement after police officer dies in line of duty
MIT is heartbroken by the news that an MIT Police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday night on campus, near Building 32 (the Stata Center). Our thoughts are now with the family.
At around 2 a.m., MIT Police determined that the suspect was no longer on campus, and that it is safe to resume normal activities. However, the MIT Police ask that members of the MIT Community remain vigilant in the coming hours.
MIT worked with multiple police departments in order to ensure the safety of the MIT campus. Police officers swept the campus in search of the shooter, and MIT sent text and email messages to the members of the MIT community asking them to stay indoors while the search continued.
We will provided fuller news of this tragedy in the coming hours.
While nothing has been officially announced, many online commentators are raising the connection between the devices used at the Boston Marathon and IEDs used by Islamic terror cells overseas.
Time will tell.