Patterico's Pontifications

4/18/2013

Shooting on MIT Campus; UPDATE: Explosives Being Detonated? Could It Be the Bombers?; UPDATE: It is.

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:31 pm



Details are sketchy.

Enough miserable news already!

UPDATE: There does not seem to be TV news coverage of any moment, but Twitter is reporting details that make one wonder if the people involved could be the bombers. There is live video here, where the headline reads: “An MIT police officer was shot and killed Thursday night. In addition, police were led on a chase into Watertown, where a gunfight and explosives were detonated.”

An MIT police officer is apparently dead.

Apparently one or more suspects are in custody.

Insert your favorite expression of disbelief here.

UPDATE x2: It’s not clear that tonight’s events are related to the bombings, but it appears that the Watertown incident is related to the MIT shooting. And I don’t think we know it’s NOT the bombers. I’m still trying to learn what the heck is going on.

UPDATE x3: The cable channels are starting to cover it now.

UPDATE x4: A reporter just heard a loud boom.

UPDATE x5: Seeing a report that the explosion was a deliberate explosion by the bomb squad. Riveted to the live coverage.

UPDATE x6: I am dozing off. Wake me if it’s the bombers! Good night.

UPDATE x8: One last link thanks to gary gulrud: the story from Twitchy. I have the live feed on my phone now and I think I will fall asleep to it.

UPDATE x9: The Boston TV ration reports it is the Marathon bombers behind all this. New post here.

43 Responses to “Shooting on MIT Campus; UPDATE: Explosives Being Detonated? Could It Be the Bombers?; UPDATE: It is.”

  1. if you’d ask me last week I would’ve said oh yeah for sure – Boston is a lot safer than Los Angeles

    but you know if you asked me that this week I’d be like I’m not sure I’ll have to look at some statistics and get back to you

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. Miserable enough? Not yet, there’s more. Tonight central MN sets the all time record most snow in April. 5th snowiest winter ever(well, Ok since we stole the place from the Lakota and Blackhawks, not certain who they stole it from).

    gary gurud (dd7d4e)

  3. pikachus I believe

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. Darleen makes a trenchant observation

    http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=48777#comment-974500

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  5. Chances of a cop at MIT being shot — ever? Exceedingly rare. Chances of a cop at MIT being shot three days after an exceedingly rare terrorist attack in Boston?

    I’d not assume unrelated.

    Robert C. J. Parry (a5133c)

  6. Enough miserable news already!

    Whatever you do, then, don’t read the crime reports/stories in the Chicago Tribune.

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  7. Early reports (i.e., rumors) is that the suspect had earlier held up a convenience store and the MIT cop happened to respond to a call that the suspect was believed to be near campus. Now a Boston TV station is reporting that the cop has died. Sigh.

    JVW (4826a9)

  8. Apparently the Middlesex DA’s office has confirmed the death of the officer. Just awful.

    http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/04/18/mit-police-officer-hit-gunfire-cambridge-police-dispatcher-says/UAbtwLVGLwBE5VI7BUyQuL/story.html

    JVW (4826a9)

  9. I was going to ask if the shooting was with an electronic rail gun … that joke’s ruined for a while, it seems.

    Hopefully the early reports are very wrong, and there are none even seriously wounded.

    htom (412a17)

  10. Oh [redacted]. Condolences to the officer’s family and friends.

    htom (412a17)

  11. Check all the updates.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  12. If the shooting tonight and the Monday bombings are related, this will be very interesting. So far the whole mess has the smell of politics. I hope the locals catch the filth from tonight, and I hope they are the wanted Bombers. The F.B.I. and Homeland Security have been rather strange this week.

    Gus (694db4)

  13. Hahahaha. They played an eyewitness’s video tape on the live feed and a guy said “What the fuck?” on it. The anchors were mortified.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  14. Yes that is what bothers the talking heads. Kermit Gosnell, not so much. Bad words and FCC scare them.

    Gus (694db4)

  15. Who knows, but if explosives were really being tossed from cars? (Which, we don’t know happened.)

    OK, good night.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  16. I hope no more innocent Americans are hurt.

    mg (31009b)

  17. One dead, one on the run.
    Tell us who the dead prick is.

    mg (31009b)

  18. Not caucasion Lefties, so sorry, Hamite.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  19. you’ll just be sitting there minding your own business and they’ll come marching in and crawl up your leg and start biting the inside of your ass and you’ll be all like hey get out of my ass you stupid caucasian lefties

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  20. They’re reporting that the “guy in the white hat” (suspect no. 2) is still large. And the police are telling the reporters to stay away because there are explosives everywhere.

    This will probably turn out to be wrong, but they’re making a connection to the Boston bombing.

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  21. If I am minding my own business the lefty will be dead before the door opens.

    mg (31009b)

  22. Looks like ‘suspects’ had a cohort. The photo of a guy down in track suit, on stomach, legs crossed at the ankles and prolly in hospital, dinna seem to be ‘suspect’.

    The shootout on Hazel involved a ‘pressure cooker’ bomb and the perp cuffed looked much like a ‘suspect':

    https://twitter.com/sethmnookin/status/325122889944809472/photo/1

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  23. They’re reporting it’s “black hat.” They’ve gone from saying there’s a possible link to the Boston bombing to saying there’s a strong link.

    But I’ll take that with a grain of salt for now.

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  24. Their station’s banner says “Active search for 2nd bombing suspect in Watertown.”

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  25. “Black hat” has been killed, not just cuffed. “White hat” is still on the loose. They’re saying multiple LEO sources are saying these guys are in fact the Boston bombers.

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  26. ‘White hat’ is Sunil Tripathi, Brown student, musician, missing for a month, left his wallet and cell phone behind. Breitbart update with ABC library video.

    ‘Black hat’ Mike Muguleta.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  27. MA state and Boston PD are telling the media to gather at a nearby Target parking lot for a briefing.

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  28. 28. And the FBI has arrived at MIT. “The system worked”.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  29. They’re reporting the Boston police commissioner has confirmed these are suspects 1 and 2.

    Steve57 (b238b6)

  30. Has Columbia University offered endowed professorships to the suspects yet? Doesn’t really matter if one is dead.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  31. 24. Just watched an exclusive video of a naked participant being arrested. The twitter stream mentioned this earlier.

    Cops seem to have battled four perps, two being the ‘suspects’.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  32. 34. CNN video, did I emphasize ‘seem to have’?

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  33. “Just watched an exclusive video of a naked participant being arrested.”

    gary – Occupy Pavement?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  34. 36. Come again? As in ‘the day he was dropped’?

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  35. UPDATE x9: The Boston TV station reports it is the Marathon bombers behind all this. New post here.

    Patterico (919400)

  36. Re comment #2 : Since I have bloodkin in the tribe, I must comment. The Indian tribe is the Blackfoot not the Blackhawk.

    Michael M. Keohane (106b83)

  37. Smart call by Robert C. J. Parry, and by Patterico.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  38. 15. I suspect the Breitbart link a this line further links a buggy ABC video on Sunil Tsomething.

    Delete please.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  39. 40. Thanks, shoulda been the Sauk, BlackHawk chief of, but Blackfoot wrong state:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_(chief)

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)


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