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Unconfirmed gunshots heard near Central

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on April 2, Cambridge police officers reportedly heard gunshots in the vicinity of Pearl and Green Streets in Central Square. A search of the area revealed no evidence of gunshots.

According to an email from Cambridge Police Department Spokesman Dan Riviello, officers were assisting on a medical call on Green Street when they thought they heard gunshots. Patrol units responded, but a search of the area was negative — no evidence of the shots was found.

On March 12, one man was killed and another was injured in a shooting at the intersection of Brookline and Watson Streets, about four blocks away from the site of the reported shots on April 2. According to Riviello, since no gunshot evidence was discovered, the April 2 report is “unfounded and not connected to any ongoing investigations in Cambridge.”

James Lauture, 30, of Cambridge was killed in the March 12 incident, according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. According to the release, the shooting was not random. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing. This was the first homicide in Cambridge since June 2009.

Sergeant Cheryl N. Vossmer of the Campus Police said in an email that MIT is located in an urban environment and shares many safety issues that other cities face.

“Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide,” said Vossmer.

—Ethan A. Solomon
 and Pearle Lipinski