Watertown: Police on Friday said that one of two suspects (Black Hat) in the shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was dead and a massive manhunt was underway for another (White Hat). The two suspects are also believed to be involved in the Boston Marathon bombing, confirmed the police.
Describing the suspect 2 (White Hat) as armed and dangerous, the police asked the residents of Watertown to not leave their houses. Police also refused to reveal the identities of the suspects, saying they were yet not ready for it.
Shortly after the MIT officer was shot dead on Thursday 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 and police said they believe the suspect at large was a "terrorist". "We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody," said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.
The FBI said it was working with local authorities to determine what happened. The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus on Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston. State police spokesman David Procopio had said there was a "strong possibility" the incidents were related.
The MIT officer had been responding to report of a disturbance on 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. In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 am on Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.
State police spokesman 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 yelled at him, "Hey, it's gunfire! Don't go that way!" MIT said right after the 10:30 p.m. shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged people urged 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.
(With additional information from Associated Press)
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