Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening, an MIT police officer was shot near the Stata Center, and has been confirmed dead by the Cambridge Police Department. Though the weapon used to shoot the officer has been recovered, the shooter is still at large.
A postdoctoral student working in Building 76 called the MIT Police at about 10:25 p.m. to report loud sounds, possibly gunshots. The injured officer was found at 10:31 p.m. and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.
The area around Building 32 was quickly cordoned off from pedestrians. In a faster response than other recent emergency situations, MIT’s alert system was active within 30 minutes; the first report The Tech has been able to confirm at time of publication is 10:55 p.m. By that point, social media had exploded with warnings to stay away from the area around the Stata Center.