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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:30 AM

Man with rifle and body armor seen entering MIT building in Cambridge MA (HOAX)

Last edited Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:32 AM - Edit history (4)

Source: MIT Emergency Information/Local news

Last update, State Police say it was a hoax: https://twitter.com/globepete/status/305348993649627137

Update: police are standing down. This appears to have been either mistaken identity, a hoax or a prank.

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/02/23/reports-gunman-inside-mit-unfounded/c568YLIB1fnW2XOhDqXIXO/story.html

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Original post:

This morning information was received from Cambridge Police that there was a person with a long rifle and body armor in the Main Group Building of MIT. Multiple law enforcement agencies have responded, stay indoors and shelter in place and report suspicious activity to the campus police dispatch dial 100. More updates to follow.

CBS Boston: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/23/mit-on-lockdown-report-of-man-with-rifle-on-campus/

UPDATE: Cambridge police say no sign of man with gun: https://twitter.com/CambridgePolice/status/305324628149153792

Read more: http://emergency.mit.net/emergency/



Local news is reporting on this as well. I will update as information comes.

BEAR IN MIND: this could be a prank. MIT is notorious for pranks, and not all of them are funny.

Update: police are standing down.

Last update, it was a hoax.

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Reply Man with rifle and body armor seen entering MIT building in Cambridge MA (HOAX) (Original post)
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 OP
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #1
leveymg Feb 2013 #2
another_liberal Feb 2013 #3
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #6
mopinko Feb 2013 #16
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #4
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #5
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #7
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #9
JustABozoOnThisBus Feb 2013 #26
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #30
MannyGoldstein Feb 2013 #8
tridim Feb 2013 #10
union_maid Feb 2013 #11
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #12
magical thyme Feb 2013 #13
Duppers Feb 2013 #15
midwest irish Feb 2013 #14
monkey brutus Feb 2013 #17
baldguy Feb 2013 #18
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #25
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #19
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #20
PoliticAverse Feb 2013 #21
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #22
Sunlei Feb 2013 #23
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #32
whistler162 Feb 2013 #24
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #27
Tumbulu Feb 2013 #28
MizzM Feb 2013 #29
Hard Assets Feb 2013 #31

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:33 AM

1. Does this insanity never end?...n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:34 AM

2. He's not interested in completing math problems on the chalk boards. eom

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:34 AM

3. Not again!

Please let this one be just a very tasteless prank.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:37 AM

6. It could be

MIT is notorious for pranks, and not all of them are funny.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:05 AM

16. this one could still turn out to be hilarious.

i mean, some of them have been pretty damn hysterical.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:34 AM

4. Jeebus!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:35 AM

5. Yes please do.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:38 AM

7. Isn't today 'show our dic, er, guns' in public day? They are doing it in my area. Hope it's just an

asshole. Please let it be.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:39 AM

9. The body armor report

makes me very worried.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:27 AM

26. If it's body armor

I'd guess that some students can't tell an armored vest from a fishing vest.

Anyway, sounds like there was no shooting.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:14 PM

30. Me too, Will. Any word yet? People going nuts all over the place, hoping this isn't the case. nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:38 AM

8. Oh shit.

Thanks.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:40 AM

10. Just another responsible gun owner exercising his rights. Eh NRA?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:42 AM

11. Hoping it's a prank

MIT guys can be really out there. If it is, though, the prankster is probably in for a world of hurt when he gets caught.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:49 AM

13. if it's a prank, it's a phenomenally stupid one

and frankly should result in major consequences. In the current environment, this is essentially an act of terrorism.

The body armor is very worrying.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:05 AM

15. I agree - NOT Funny!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:00 AM

14. No, it's ok because

 

--insert whatever NRA excuse/justification is popular this week--

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Response to monkey brutus (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:19 AM

18. Thank you for proving that America needs national gun control.

Or are you one of those who doesn't realize guns can be carried from one place to another rather easily?

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Response to monkey brutus (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:20 AM

25. Welcome to DU. Enjoy your stay.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:21 AM

19. UPDATE: police standing down

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:25 AM

20. My friend Jason made the astute observation

that it could have been a student dressed up as a stormtrooper. It is MIT, after all.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:41 AM

22. Yeah, but the body armor..

I was thinking it wqas a geared-up lacrosse player with their stick...and an observer who forgot their glasses.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:46 AM

23. oh thats a good find, someone with their MIT competition air rifle on MIT grounds.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:00 PM

32. So true!!!!!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:08 AM

24. Dang I told him not to get dressed for the trip

to the Mesozoic era until after he was in the building!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:32 AM

27. IT WAS A HOAX

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:02 PM

28. The poor school admin people

our public high school (and 4 elementary schools near it) was locked down because someone called the police about a teenager walking towards the school with a gun.

Turns out it was BB gun, but 5 schools went into lock down, all the parents in the entire district were notified....the level of fear is so high. And how can we blame them for over reacting? How can they tell who will be next? I just want a giant magnet to hover over our nation and pick up all the firearms!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:11 PM

29. Sometimes, too smart isn't a good thing

Years ago my dad was an elevator company supervisor. He got called to MIT frequently for an elevator problem. He would come back shaking his head over the ability of these kids to screw up an elevator. Funny in a way I suppose, but these hijinx got darn expensive in repair bills. Eventually MIT had to clamp down on these pranks.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:38 PM

31. Tonight begins a Jewish Halloweenish holiday of Purim

 

my son is going to go as a cop.

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