One Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dead, One At Large

Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

Early this morning I had posted that one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had been captured. It was reported later that the suspect, indentified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 had died. The suspect at large has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, MA.

There has been an intense manhunt going on in the Watertown area for hours. Gov. Deval Patrick has asked that residents of the Boston area and its neighboring towns should “stay indoors, with their doors locked.”

All heel broke out at about 10:30 pm last night when “the police received reports that Sean Collier, a campus security officer at M.I.T., had been shot while he sat in his police cruiser.”

He was found with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a statement issued by the acting Middlesex district attorney, Michael Pelgro, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas and the M.I.T. police chief, John DiFava. The officer was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A short time later, the police received reports of an armed carjacking of a Mercedes sport-utility vehicle by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge, the statement said. “The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half-hour,” the statement said. He was later released, uninjured, at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

The police immediately began to search for the vehicle and pursued it into Watertown. During the chase, “explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects,” the statement said, and the suspects and police exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street.

Although it was hours before police and media made the connection between the MIT incident and the car jacking, it seemed eerily clear when reports came in of explosives in Watertown that these incidents were related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

There are reports that a user by the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “has posted a video to his YouTube playlist extolling an extremist religious prophecy associated with Al Qaeda. It is not clear yet whether the user is the same Tsarnaev as the deceased suspect.”

Stay safe, stay inside Boston residents

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