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  • monkeybutt.bobo monkeybutt.bobo Apr 19, 2013 2:42 AM Flag

    April is not a good month for Boston

    Mayhem erupted in around Boston early today as police pursued suspects thought to be armed with automatic weapons and explosives, heightening tensions in a city reeling from this week’s terrorist bombings.

    The violence broke out after the fatal shooting last night of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus officer. Police sped from that crime scene toward Watertown, about six miles from MIT, responding en masse to reports of a carjacking and the possible shooting of a second officer, according to law- enforcement radio transmissions.

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    Mayhem Erupts in Boston After MIT Campus Police Officer Slaying
    Police officers search an area of the Massachuettes Institute of Technology early Friday morning, April 19, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. State police say a campus police officer has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston. His name was not immediately released. Photographer Craig Ruttle via AP Photo

    Police officers search an area of the Massachuettes Institute of Technology early Friday morning, April 19, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. State police say a campus police officer has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston. His name was not immediately released. Photographer Craig Ruttle via AP Photo
    In Watertown, one suspect was ordered by police to strip naked and was taken into custody. Police had surrounded the man with their guns drawn, ordered him to the ground and shouted. “Drop your underwear!”

    It wasn’t immediately clear how many suspects were in custody, with police radio reports indicating that one person had been apprehended, another taken to the hospital, and a third thought to still be at large.

    Warnings were issued by police over their radio about “multiple explosive devices.” People in the area were told to stay off mobile phones to avoid setting off any potential bombs. At least one loud explosion was heard.

    Boston is still coming to grips with the April 15 bombing of the city’s annual marathon that killed three people and injured more than 170. The Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday released images of two men it said were suspects in the attack and asked for public help in identifying them. The agency released two more images early today of the men.

    ‘Wild Event’
    It wasn’t immediately known whether there’s a connection between the marathon bombing and the violence overnight. The FBI is aware of the situation and is monitoring it, spokesman Jason Pack said in an e-mail.

    Watertown resident Larry Victor described the scene: “Tons and tons and tons of gunfire. Explosions. What a wild event right here in Watertown. I wasn’t about to walk out in the middle of a gun battle.”

    Watertown, a community of roughly 32,000 just six miles northwest of Boston, was settled in 1630 by Englishmen who two years later not to pay taxes without representation, according to the town’s website. The town grew into a mill village, where in the 19th Century sails were made for the U.S.S. Constitution.

    Police streamed into the area from many local towns, as did law-enforcement officers from the FBI, transit authority and the National Guard. Multiple ambulances were standing by.

 
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