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Letter to the MIT community regarding tonight's shooting off-campus

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The following email was sent early this morning to the MIT community by Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz.

To the members of the MIT community,

Earlier this evening, as you may have learned through the MIT Alert system, there was a shooting near our campus. We have learned from the Cambridge Police Department that the shooting is believed to have occurred in the vicinity of 119 Windsor Street. 

According to the authorities, the victim was struck by gunshots in a vehicle that was departing Newtowne Court. The car was driven to Main Street in Kendall Square, across the street from the Marriott Hotel. The victim was pronounced deceased after he was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s identification will be released once next of kin are notified. 

The Cambridge Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office are leading an investigation of the shooting, and the MIT Police are offering assistance. 

While the MIT Police have informed me that there is no known danger to the MIT community, they caution us all to be especially alert.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Cambridge Police, at (617) 349-3300. Those who wish to provide information anonymously may dial the Cambridge Police Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359 and leave a message. Anonymous tips may also be sent via the Cambridge Police MyPD mobile app or via text message to 847411. Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message. To send anonymous tips via email, visit

MIT Alert will be engaged again if there is any significant new information.

Please stay safe. 


Israel Ruiz
Executive Vice President and Treasurer

P.S. If you are not already subscribed to MIT Alert, please visit the MIT emergency page and click the “MIT Alert” link at top left. 

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