MIT campus taken off lockdown after report of gunman unfounded

Published February 23, 2013


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology  was taken off lockdown after police searched a building for a reported gunman, but found nothing.

In a statement posted on the school's website Saturday morning, MIT was temporarily put on lockdown as students and workers were urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity to campus police. MIT said multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a report of a man carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor.

But the Cambridge Police Department later wrote on Twitter that police searched the building where the gunman was reportedly spotted and found nothing, adding that there was no threat to public safety.

State police spokesman David Procopio told the Associated Press that the report of a gunman turned out to be a hoax