Published 2/23/13 @9am
Officials at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported a man carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor was spotted in a campus building Saturday morning. The prestigious school is now on lockdown and students are encouraged to stay inside.
News outlets suggest several law enforcement agencies have responded and are investigating. Information is continuing to flow as students, faculty and parents are once again paralyzed with fear.
The initial announcement came out about 7:30 a.m. when Cambridge police tweeted that a possible gunman had been reported on Mass. Ave. Now that is really putting Twitter to work, but also shows how quickly an unfounded rumor can spread. Twitter definitely has its pros and cons…
Update 9:30am: According to multiple news outlets the report was unfounded and a press conference will follow. How could this report be so wrong? Was this a twisted hoax?