Police secure an area near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge Mass after a shooting incident involving a campus officer.(Photo Matt Rourke AP)
CAMBRIDGE Mass. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed Thursday night at the school's campus outside Boston police said.
The shooting came as the entire Boston area was on high alert following Monday's fatal bomb explosions during the Boston Marathon and as the FBI was leading a massive manhunt for suspects.
Police in Cambridge where the school is located issued a pair of Tweets saying that an officer reported shot around 10 30 p.m. had died.
Police DA Investigating Fatal Shooting of Campus Police Officer In Cambridge '' the department Tweeted.
A Cambridge police officer confirmed the officer was shot but provided no other information.
There was a large number of Massachusetts State Police and officers from other agencies as well as at least four fire trucks at the scene on the campus.
Massachusetts State Police said it was assisting Cambridge and campus police in their investigation.
State police said no one had been arrested.
MIT campus police referred a caller to the campus news bureau where no one answered calls.
State police spokesman Dave Procopio said the shooting took place about 10 30 p.m. local time outside an MIT building the Associated Press reported. The injured officer was described as a male but no further information about him was released.
Procopio says authorities are searching for a suspect or suspects.
About 11 000 people attend the prestigious school. The MIT campus is in Cambridge just across the Charles River from Boston and less than two miles from Copley Square where two bombs exploded Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon triggering a massive manhunt for what the FBI said were two suspects.
The school posted a statement on its website saying only that there had been gunshots heard near the Stata building on campus. It said the area was cordoned off by police and urged students to stay away from the area.
At 10 48 PM today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies. The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred.. Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous an investigation is underway. Updates will be provided at this site when more information becomes available.
The Cambridge police posted a statement on Twitter that they do not have a suspect in custody.
MIT issued a Tweet saying the investigation was continuing and warning Stay vigilant stay indoors and away from Building 32/76 (Stata/Koch).''
Contributing Melanie Eversley