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Police Officer Shot to Death at MIT, Explosions and Gunfire Go Off In Nearby Town

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Chaos continues in the Boston area after a campus police officer was shot dead at Massachusetts Institute of Technology while explosions and gunfire went off around the same time in a town nearby.

The explosions went off in Watertown, Mass., a city next to Cambridge. It followed an incident police were responding to that involved alleged carjackers.

Police were shown on local news station WCVB with their guns drawn, giving orders to a man face down on the street. 

At first, there were gunshots, and then explosions went off. Once the explosions were heard, police told journalists and residents to move back.

"I heard sirens, then a ton of gunshots," Adam Healy, 31, who lives in the neighborhood, said. "And then I heard an explosion amid the gunshots. After the explosion, the sky lit up."

Dan MacDonald, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he heard sirens and then gunshots.

"It was about 10 to 15 shots. Then there was an onslaught," he said. "There were 25 to 60 shots within 45 seconds. Then the shots stopped and boom. It was like dynamite."

The situation is still unfolding and there has been little information released.

The campus officer who was shot at MIT around 10:30 p.m. died. Cambridge police have not released any other information about the shooting.

Around 11,000 students attend the school, which is located less than two miles from where the bombs exploded on Monday.

The school released a statement on its website saying that an area had been cordoned off by police and students should stay away from the area.

"Stay vigilant, stay indoors and away from Building 32/76," MIT tweeted.

Update:

Explosives, pressure cooker found at crime scene in Watertown, sources tell @petewilliamsnbc

— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 19, 2013

Police: MBTA officer in critical condition; stress that Watertown residents remain in homes, urge 'extreme caution' - live video

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 19, 2013

Police establish 20-block perimeter around Dexter Street area of Watertown, Mass; searching for bombing suspect - @emilywcvb

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 19, 2013

DA: 1 Boston suspect died at hospital after shootout with cops; explosives thrown in chase - @ap

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 19, 2013

One suspect in Boston Marathon bombing dead, the other is subject of massive manhunt: apne.ws/177BdfS -SS

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2013

Patient believed to be suspect died in hospital from combination of blast and gunshot wounds, Beth Israel doctor says - live video

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 19, 2013

MT @harvard: Harvard is closed due to public safety concerns. Please watch Harvard's Emergency page for updates: hvrd.me/11IJrsK

— Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom) April 19, 2013

All mass transit in Boston has been shut down: apne.ws/12rRqLW -SS

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2013

Explosives, pressure cooker found at crime scene in Watertown, sources tell @petewilliamsnbc

— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 19, 2013

Update 2:

"One male suspect, identified in reports as the marathon suspect caught on video Monday in a black cap, was shot during the case and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

The second, identified in reports as the bomber wearing a white cap Monday, was still on the loose, officials said."

Update 3

BREAKING: AP: Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. -SS

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2013

Authorities say that the 2 Boston bomb suspects are brothers, are legal permanent residents of Chechen origin - @nbcnews, @petewilliamsnbc

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 19, 2013

Surviving Boston bombing suspect named as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - @nbcnews, @ap

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 19, 2013

Update 4:

Live video + timeline + updates

Sources: NY Daily News, USA Today