Boston: One suspect dead, ‘terrorist’ on run

2013-04-19 11:06

Watertown – Police say one of two suspects in the shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer is dead and a massive manhunt is under way for another, who is believed to be tied to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Shortly after the MIT officer was shot dead last night, police got a report of a carjacking in Cambridge, just outside Boston. One of the two suspects in that officer’s shooting was killed.

Police say of the at-large suspect: “We believe this to be a terrorist.”

The FBI said it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.

The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus last night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown.

State police spokesperson David Procopio had said there was a “strong possibility” the incidents are related.

The MIT officer had been responding to a report of disturbance 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.

In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions early this morning. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighbourhood and a helicopter circled overhead.

State police spokesperson David Procopio said: “The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers.”

Boston cab driver Imran Saif said he was standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner when he heard an explosion.

“I heard a loud boom and then a rapid succession of pop, pop, pop,” he said. “It sounded like automatic weapons. And then I heard the second explosion.”

He said he could smell something burning and advanced to check it out but area residents at their windows shouted at him, “Hey, it’s gunfire! Don’t go that way!”

MIT said right after last night’s shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged people to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed-use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.

Hours later, MIT, which has about 11 000 students, said the campus was clear but the shooter was still on the loose.

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