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MIT put on lockdown following reports of gunman sighted on campus

Massachusetts' Institute of Technology outside Boston was locked down Saturday morning.

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The Maclaurin Building is shown on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Joe Raedle/AFP/Getty Images)

MIT's campus was on lockdown Saturday morning following reports of an armed gunman sighted on Mass. Ave. 

"This morning information was received from Cambridge Police that there was a person with a long rifle and body armor in the Main Group Building of MIT," the school said in an emergency statement issued to its student body, staff, and faculty, according to WCBV Boston

"Multiple law enforcement agencies have responded, stay indoors and shelter in place and report suspicious activity to the campus police dispatch dial 100. More updates to follow."

The man was reportedly spotted around 7 a.m., wearing body armor and carrying a long rifle, according to the Associated Press

Cambridge police searched the area and found no one matching the suspect's description, tweeting: 

Police officers shut down part of Massachusetts Avenue, which runs through the MIT campus, and searched a building room by room where he was thought to have entered, CBS Boston reported

The officers were clearing the crime scene around 10 a.m. EST.

More updates to follow as they become available. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130223/mit-lockdown-following-reports-armed-gunman-camp