A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus police officer was killed Thursday night in an on-campus shooting incident, according to Cambridge Police.

“Police, DA Investigating Fatal Shooting of Campus Police Officer In Cambridge” they tweeted just after midnight, followed by: “Our thoughts & prayers are with the officer’s family & our brothers, sisters at the #MIT Police”

“An MIT campus police officer responding to a report of a disturbance in the area of Vasser and Main streets was reportedly shot,” Cambridge Police then posted on its website. “According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced deceased. There are no other victims. No arrests have been made. The investigation remains ongoing.”

News of the death followed a series of alerts posted on the school’s emergency information website, emergency.mit.edu, Thursday night reporting shots fired on the MIT campus.

“Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous, an investigation is underway,” reads a 10:48 p.m. posting.

An 11:20 p.m. update reads: “Responding agencies continue to investigate active shooter incident…please stay indoors.”

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“Injuries have been reported,” reads an 11:41 p.m. “shooting incident” update. “The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside.”

A 12:28 a.m. alert reads: “Responding agencies are actively investigating the situation, which remains very fluid at this time. Police continue to sweep the campus. Stay indoors and remain inside until further notice.”

According to The Boston Globe, police are conducting a manhunt across the campus and on the Red Line in Cambridge.

“The shooter remains at large,” declares a 12:37 a.m. alert on MIT’s emergency information site. “Please REMAIN INDOORS until further notice.”

MIT’s homepage simply read: “ALERT: Continue to remain indoors”

The shooting comes just three days after three people were killed and nearly 200 injured when dual bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15. The FBI released photos and video of suspects in the bombing Thursday and have asked for the public’s help in identifying them. VIEW THE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE.



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Christopher Twarowski is editor in chief of the Long Island Press and its chief of investigations. He holds an M.S. in Journalism with a specialization in investigative journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was an inaugural member of the school’s Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. He also holds an M.A. from the school with a concentration in business and economics. Twarowski has written for the financial and metro desks of The Washington Post and has earned more than 100 local, state and national journalism awards and accolades.