Not in Boston


I had planned to go to Northeastern today, but there was a bit of a thing going on:

According to Alben, the night’s outbreak of violence began when police received reports of a robbery of a convenience store in Kendall Square near MIT. A few minutes later, an MIT police officer, later identified as Collier, was shot multiple times while in his cruiser at Main and Vassar streets, near Building 32, better known as the renowned Stata Center on the MIT campus. Collier was later pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A short time after the Cambridge incident, two men carjacked a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint, and the owner of that car was able to flee at a gas station on Memorial Drive.

The SUV proceeded out Memorial Drive toward Watertown followed by a long train of police vehicles in pursuit. At one point during the pursuit, the two suspects opened fire on Watertown police and other officers and the Transit Police officer, Donahue, was shot. He remains in stable condition with a gunshot wound at Mt. Auburn Hospital, the hospital said this morning.

During the gunfight, one suspect was wounded and taken into custody. This morning, Dr. Richard Wolfe said the man was brought to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency room about 1:10 a.m. with multiple traumatic injuries.

As the search goes on, the MBTA has shut down completely, no T, buses, or commuter rail. I hope this ends soon with no more loss of life. As I said a few days ago, it is still much too early to be talking about why this happened (not because it’s too soon, but because we don’t know the facts yet).

Update: And the second suspect has been caught. In an interesting bit, he was found not all that long after police had basically given up finding him in the area. In any case, this is very good news.

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