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Two injured in Cambridge Carnival shooting, suspect in custody

A shooting broke out at Cambridge Carnival, a Caribbean street festival, on Sunday near MIT.
(Metro file photo)

A shooting broke out at a Cambridge Carnival Sunday evening, leading to two people injured and a suspect in custody, officials said.

The shooting occurred around 4:45 p.m. was reported to police around 5 p.m. near the area of 200 Technology Square, close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, MIT police said.

Two people sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Cambridge Police. One person was shot in the foot and the other in the leg. The victims names have not yet been released.

Police have arrested Michael Coleman, 23, of Dorchester after an investigation Sunday night and said that he will face charges. A firearm was also recovered from the scene.

The incident occurred at the 25th annual Cambridge Carnival, a Caribbean street festival that includes a costume parade, food and more.

Following the shooting, the rest of the carnival was shut down.

“We had a largely peaceful event until it was disrupted by gunfire,” Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard told reporters at the scene on Sunday. “At this time we don’t know what precipitated the event.”

Police have assured that there is no ongoing threat following the carnival shooting.

A separate shooting in Cambridge also occurred on Sunday around 5:20 p.m. near River Street and William Street, officials said.

There are no known injuries from that incident, but at least one home was hit and a firearm has been recovered. Cambridge police are investigating and ask anyone with information about either shooting to call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300 or submit an anonymous tip at cambridgepolice.org/tips.