Close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, a gunman fired into the crowd gathered for the annual Cambridge Carnival Festival.
The Festival quickly dissolved into chaos as attendees fled in every direction. Many people reported injuries from the ensuing melee.
“I just started running and I fell because I heard someone got stabbed,” said one woman who was limping down Main Street with the help of her friend. “I don’t know what happened. Everyone just started running away.”
One woman was hit with a stray bullet and rushed to the hospital. Her injuries are thankfully not life threatening.
“She did not have complete details to provide us at this point. We’re looking to speak to other witnesses or potential witnesses for description information,” said Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick.
Motives for the shooting are still not clear. Police are asking for any photos or videos that may shed light on the event. It was through this strategy of amateur media that the 2013 Boston Marathon Bomber was eventually identified and caught.
“It’s very unfortunate,” said DJ Gemini who was providing music for the event. “But anywhere you have 250,000 people, you’re going to have security issues.”
Local police as well as MIT campus police send out viral messages warning citizens of the attack. Later, another message went out to say that the shooter was still unidentified and unapprehend. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the local authorities.