One Boston bombing suspect dead, second at large

Police officers take position during a search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013.

Police officers take position during a search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Police killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing in a shootout and mounted house-to-house searches for a second man on Friday, with much of the city under virtual lockdown after a bloody night of shooting and explosions in the streets.

Authorities cordoned off a section of the suburb of Watertown and told residents not to leave their homes or answer the door as officers in combat gear scoured a 20-block area for the missing man, who was described as armed and dangerous.

Officials identified the hunted man as Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and said the dead suspect was his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.

The fugitive described himself on a social network site as a minority from southern Russia's Caucasus, which includes Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and other predominately Muslim regions that have seen two decades of unrest since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Neither has so far been known to have come to the attention of U.S. law enforcement officials, a U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said Friday.

Boston came to a virtual standstill after authorities urged everyone to stay at home. Public transportation throughout the metropolitan area was suspended, and air space was restricted. Universities including Harvard and M.I.T. and public schools were closed.

During the night a university police officer was killed, a transit police officer was wounded, and the suspects carjacked a vehicle before leading police on a chase that led to one suspect being shot dead.

Police were searching for the younger Tsarnaev, previously known only as Suspect 2, who was shown wearing a white cap in surveillance pictures taken shortly before Monday's explosions and released by the FBI on Thursday.

"We believe this to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody."

The older brother, previously known as Suspect 1, who was seen wearing a dark cap and sunglasses in the FBI images, was pronounced dead.

The FBI on Thursday identified the men as suspects in the twin blasts believed caused by bombs in pressure cookers placed inside backpacks left near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed three people and wounded 176 in the worst attack on U.S. soil since the suicide hijacking attacks of September 11, 2001.


The brothers had been in the United States for several years, a national security official said.

A Russian language social networking site bearing Dzhokar Tsarnaev's name paid tribute to Islamic websites and to those calling for Chechen independence. The author identified himself as a 2011 graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He said he went to primary school in Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan, a province in Russia that borders on Chechnya, and listed his languages as English, Russian and Chechen.

His "World view" was listed as "Islam" and his "Personal priority" as "career and money."

He posted links to videos of fighters in the Syrian civil war and to Islamic web pages with titles such as "Salamworld, my religion is Islam" and "There is no God but Allah, let that ring out in our hearts."

He also had links to pages calling for independence for Chechnya, a region of Russia that lost its bid for independence after two wars in the 1990s.


About five hours after the FBI released the surveillance pictures showing the two men near the bombing site on Thursday, a university police officer was shot and killed on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Middlesex County District Attorney said in a statement.

A short time later, police received reports of a carjacking by two men who kept their victim inside the car for about half an hour before releasing him, the statement said.

Police pursued that car to Watertown, where explosives were thrown from the vehicle at police and shots were exchanged, the statement said.

"During the exchange of the gunfire, we believe that one of the suspects was struck and ultimately taken into custody. A second suspect was able to flee from that car and there is an active search going on at this point in time," said Colonel Timothy Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

The wounded suspect was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he died with multiple injuries including gunshot wounds and trauma that may have been caused by an explosion, said Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of emergency medicine.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

so much for $15b in taxpayer money already spent to protect us. Homeland Security needs to be better trained and take less coffee breaks. They can't seem to connect the dots. This will happen many more times under our present agency as it is being run. I have no confidence in this system to "stop" and attack, only to solve one after it has killed people. More types if ID marks, and DNA needs to be kept in a Federal data bank when a non-citizens come into this country for any reason. That's not taking away our first amendment rights because they have to constitutional rights until the become a legal citizen.

Kind of sad they had to kill him. The government could have gotten a lot more info but then this case is now closed on him.


Why_not 2 years, 3 months ago

You might want to read your post slowly then redo it so it makes sense.


news2me 2 years, 3 months ago

Why do you consistently stalk kevin? The majority of your posts are absurb repies to his posts. Be a leader, not a follower, if you want people here to take any of your comments seriously.


Why_not 2 years, 3 months ago

We will never be able to stop all the "crazies" from attempting their terrible acts, but hopefully we can stop those like the one that slid by DUBYA in 2001.... After all, his administration had prior warnings and ignored them.


Sandykin 2 years, 3 months ago

Slick Willy had warnings and ignored them too. Don't forget that either.


news2me 2 years, 3 months ago

For someone that jumps on the "why make it political" bandwagon at an ad naseum pace, you certainly were the first here...

Most Americans still find your politically cloaked comments regarding 9/11 deplorable. Funny that you consistently defend Obama at any and all costs, but go back to your old habits of trashing Bush. Are the victims of 9/11 that meaningless to you? Shameful.

9/11 happened in Bush's first term, while Boston happened in Obama's second term. Why didn't the Obama administration take any of these warnings seriously regarding two Immigrants? Did Obama ignore them because he was too busy playing Sequester, campaigning against the 2nd ammendment, Obamacare failout, etc, etc, etc.

The timing of this terrorist act does not bode well for Immigration. Bottom line is you should be worried about the legacy of the man you put into office and his failures as our President. Blaming Bush / Dubya is all you Obama worshippers have to cling to.


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