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MIT building struck by gunfire, State Police say

Phi Beta Epsilon building at 400 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Emily Sweeney/Globe Staff

State Police were investigating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday after a building was hit by gunfire the night before, authorities said.

In a Twitter message early Tuesday afternoon, State Police said troopers were “responding to MIT to assist investigation of prior shots fired incident. Info developing, but at this time appears shots may have been fired in area last night and at least one struck a building. Nothing further right now.”

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said in a follow-up e-mail that “[a]pparently shots were fired in the area last night. Not sure what the intended target was, but at least one building was struck. We have detectives, Crime Scene personnel, and Ballistics Unit personnel on scene to assist MIT police. No injuries that we are aware of.”


The school referred questions to State Police.

Several people at the Phi Beta Epsilon frat house, the building which was apparently struck, declined to comment on Tuesday afternoon.

A small round hole could be seen in the lower portion of a first-floor window of the brick building at 400 Memorial Drive. The glass was clearly broken and cracked, and will likely need to be replaced.

A broken first floor window at Phi Beta Epsilon.Emily Sweeney/Globe Staff

Bret Stepanek, who is listed on the fraternity’s website as the group’s vice president during the Spring 2018 semester, declined to comment when reached by e-mail.

“No comment, please refer to the police,” he wrote.

Other fraternity members didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.