Actress Eliza Dushku was left frantic as she watched TV coverage of a bloody gun battle in her hometown when cops reportedly chased down suspects linked to the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star grew up in Watertown, a small town within the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts, and she was horrified to see her hometown hit headlines in the early hours of Friday morning (19Apr13).
My beautiful fam (family) is there, 20 search blocksCNN in exact neighborhood I grew up in, Ma's house - can't believe this
Residents were warned to stay inside and to remain vigilant following the drama, during which a man suspected of involvement in the bombing of the race on Monday (15Apr13) was shot dead, while another suspect reportedly escaped.
Dushku, who still has family in Watertown, watched the horrific scenes unfolding on a news bulletin, and revealed she feared for the safety of her loved ones.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "It doesn't get closer to home than this. Watertown... Hometown God, please, everyone be safe... Watertown PD (police department) we are all sending you prayers... Born and raised in Watertown. My beautiful fam (family) is there, 20 search blocksCNN in exact neighborhood I grew up in, Ma's house - can't believe this".
Dushku was eventually able to contact her relatives and assured fans her family was safe, adding, "Finally reached my Ma and Jim and they are fine and now staying indoors and turning on news... Love to all... Watertown".
Exact details of the incident remained sketchy as WENN went to press, but the police operation is believed to have been sparked when a cop investigating a disturbance at the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge on Thursday night (18Apr13) was reportedly gunned down.
The officer later died in hospital.
The bloody scenes sparked a frenzy on social networking websites and a number of stars expressed their horror and disbelief as the drama unfolded on TV.
Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, who hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts, wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Watching TV... can't believe what's happening in Watertown. Hang in there Boston our thoughts are with you," while actress Kat Dennings added, "What the f**k is going on in the world?? Stay safe Boston!!" Sean Astin, Gavin DeGraw, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Chad Lowe and Jack Osbourne were also among the famous names sending sympathies to the community.
The shootout comes just days after two bombs ripped through crowds during the Boston Marathon on Monday (15Apr13), killing three people and injuring 170 more.