Video: Shooting victim at Harvard dorm in stable condition

David L. Harris and Erin Smith

Police followed a trail of blood from an entryway to a Harvard University undergraduate dormitory to the intersection of Winthrop Street and Dunster Street and found a gunshot victim lying on the ground Monday evening.

Police received the call for a man shot in the abdomen at the J entryway at Harvard University's Kirkland House at 4:48 p.m. Monday, according to Cambridge Police Sgt. Jimmy DeFrancesco.

The victim, a black male in his 20s, was transported to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition, DeFrancesco said. The victim was undergoing surgery for his injuries as of Monday night, according to DeFrancesco.

A Harvard University student and the house master at Kirkland House both told the Chronicle that the entryway is only accessible by swiping a Harvard identification card.

It is unknown if the victim is a student or affiliate of Harvard University and DeFrancesco declined to comment. Police have not arrested the gunman as of Monday night.

"To the best of our knowledge" the victim is not a Kirkland student, said Tom Conley, house master for Kirkland House.

"It's still under investigation," said DeFrancesco.

Cambridge and state police shut down Dunster Street south of Mount Auburn Street and Holyoke Street from Mount Auburn Street to Winthrop Street shortly after the shooting and as of 9:30 p.m. Monday night those streets was still closed to traffic and investigators were still on scene combing the area for evidence.

"Shooting at Kirkland House on Mount Auburn Street police ask people to remain indoors," stated a text message Harvard University sent out to students and staff by text message at 5:43 p.m. Monday. Harvard also sent out several more text messages updating students, according to text messages students showed the Chronicle.

"HUPD think the assailants have left the area and says that it is safe to resume normal activity," stated the final text message Harvard University sent out at 6:59 p.m.

A Harvard spokesperson did not immediately return a call for comment and a man that answered the phone at the university's press office referred a reporter to a brief press release stating the shooting was an isolated incident. Harvard President Drew Faust was on scene at about 8 p.m. to speak with police and visit Kirkland House to reassure students.