The threat of an MIT gunman turned out to be a hoax on Saturday morning (Feb. 23). The hoax at MIT involved Cambridge police receiving a report at around 7:30 a.m. According to the report, they dispatched all available units and sent the school into lockdown mode. The early news from the scene reported that a gunman wearing body armor had been seen.
By 10 a.m. it appears that the campus was cleared and it was revealed that there was in fact no gunman on the MIT campus. That hadn't stopped Twitter was exploding with concerned comments as the rumors continued to spread. It also didn't stop the fear from spreading on campus that there was a gunman on the lose who couldn't be found.
Now that the authorities are sure that it was a hoax taking place, the investigation has begun. What is known is that the first report that police received can from an IP address that traced back to New York. The exact location or person who was behind that e-mail to the Cambridge police has not yet been revealed though.
What has been made very clear is that this MIT gunman hoax was taken very seriously by the authorities and that many resources and man hours were wasted chasing down a fictitious gunman. That it could happen on a prestigious campus like MIT certainly raises red flags and likely means this news story is not close to being over.
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