Campus Police arrest 4 after shooting incident
By Prabhat Mehta
MIT Campus Police arrested four men early Saturday morning after a shooting incident in the campus parking lot behind Kresge Auditorium.
Witnesses said that a Boston man, 18-year-old Dana Elam, pulled a revolver on Laroy Harding of Cambridge, and that when Harding tried to push the gun away from his face, one shot was discharged. No one was injured, and no MIT students were involved.
The incident occurred after Elam and Harding, who were part of a group of about six to eight people, were turned away from a dance being held at the Student Center. The Campus Police reported that none of the group's members had proper college identification and that they were asked to leave campus at approximately 12:15 am Saturday.
The shooting was apparently the result of a fight between Elam and Harding over a girl to whom Harding had spoken. Harding told police that after he talked to the girl, Elam, who was in his car, got out and pulled a gun from his waist.
After the shot was fired, Harding and a companion, Nathan Betts of Cambridge, fled. Elam and his brother Terrance, 21, pursued them. An MIT police officer went after the group, and the four were arrested after they were stopped by a group of policemen two blocks away, at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street. A .38 caliber revolver was found in the bushes nearby.
Elam has been charged with intent to murder, firing a gun, carrying an unlicensed gun, and trespassing on MIT grounds. He is being held on $10,000 bail by Cambridge police. The other three people involved have been charged with trespassing. They were released after posting a $20 cash bail.
The four were arraigned yesterday in Middlesex District Court; all four cases were continued until Nov. 2.
dance not blamed
The sorority Delta Sigma Theta sponsored the Friday night dance. Although DST has members from MIT, it is not an MIT sorority. Its members are black women students who attend predominantly white colleges, and has no house on any particular campus.
Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin said that DST had run the dance properly and felt that the sorority was not to blame for the shooting. "The sorority had acted quite well," she said. Glavin noted that the event took place after the group was turned away from the party and that no alcohol was served. "It wasn't a question of lack of control," she added.
Glavin, however, felt that organizers of such inter-collegiate events should look more carefully into how and where they advertise. "Obviously we're getting an element that we shouldn't [at these events]," she said, referring to Saturday's incident and a similar one in February 1987, in which a Roxbury man stabbed and killed a Northeastern University freshman at an Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity party in the Student Center.