BOSTON, Mass. -- One of the country's most populated metropolitan cities went into a virtual shutdown Friday.
Many of Boston's stores were not open for business and most streets were completely clear while more than 7 million area families were told to stay home.
"That's extremely surreal. I mean you know that's a thriving metropolis. There are things going on there all the time and to have it shutdown is like a ghost town," said former FBI agent Dale Carson.
Carson likens the scene to something out of Hollywood.
Six communities were in complete lockdown.
Action News spoke with a grad student at MIT. It was one of the many area schools virtually shutdown.
It was also the scene of the deadly overnight shooting.
Emily Calandrelli told Action News' Ryan Smith the campus and community had an eerie feel Friday.
"There's no cars on the streets. People aren't supposed to be walking outside. There's just nobody around," said Calandrelli.
A former undersheriff with JSO says this police state is a necessary inconvenience to protect the innocent.
"They don't need them in the crossfire, they don't need anyone else killed by this individual and they certainly don't want them in their way if there's a shootout," said Wyllie Hodges.