Cambridge Police report somebody was shot as the Caribbean parade wound down in Kendall Square this afternoon.
The victim, a 25-year-old woman from Roxbury, was shot in the leg but is expected to survive, police say.
The shooting at Portland and Main streets sparked a chase across the Charles, where Cambridge, MIT and Boston police stopped and searched a car at Mass. Ave. and Comm. Ave. in the Back Bay.
MIT initially warned students to flee if they could or stay inside and lock their doors -and be prepared to use "improvised weapons" if confronted by the shooter. However, MIT retracted that alert because the shooter was not actually on campus.
Cambridge Police released this account:
At approximately 4:24 p.m. on this date, there was a shooting incident that took place on Main Street and Portland Street in the vicinity of the 7-11 convenience store. At the time of the incident, there was a large group of people attending the Cambridge Carnival. When the nearby gunshot was heard, some people began to run. It was determined that a 25-year-old female, a Roxbury resident, had sustained a gunshot injury to her leg. The victim was transported to a Boston area hospital with what appears to be a non-life threatening injury. Because of the number of public safety personnel already in the vicinity due to the Carnival, the victim received immediate medical attention from Cambridge Fire Paramedics and the Cambridge Police began combing the area for the suspect.