Suspect in custody after shooting at festival near MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP/WHDH) — Police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say a shooting has been reported as a parade passed through the school’s campus.

MIT police say the shooting was reported Sunday just before 5 p.m. at 200 Tech Square. A suspect is in the custody of Cambridge police and a firearm has been recovered. Police said the 23-year-old male suspect is known to them.

Cambridge police say the shooting took place at the Cambridge Carnival just feet away from officers patroling the carnival’s main stage. The event was shut down.

According to the Carnival’s website, the event is a “colorful and festival celebration rooted in African traditions.” It celebrates diversity and community but police said this is the second shooting at the carnival in the last three years. A woman was shot in the foot in 2015 and there were stabbings last year and in 2014.

Two people suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and were taken to a hospital.

Police did not give a motive for the shooting but the suspect is now facing multiple charges. MIT said the suspect and the incident are not associated with the school.

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