April 19, 2013

One Boston Marathon Suspect Is Dead, One On the Loose in Watertown ()DASHIELL BENNETT, 4/19/13, Atlantic)

Following a chaotic night of mayhem and a police shootout, one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was shot and killed by police. The second suspect is on the loose and police are actively searching the area of Watertown, Massachusetts in a growing manhunt.

This is a breaking story and we'll continually update throughout the morning.....

THE LATEST (6:46 a.m.): The AP is the first to report a name:

BREAKING: AP: Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. -SS
-- The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2013
(6:43 a.m.): Pete Williams says the suspects have been identified, but is being told not reveal their names yet. He does say they are brothers. One is 19, one is 20. The AP says they are from a Russian region near Chechnya. 

(6:28 a.m.): And another shot, from the other side of the house. No word from police on what the situation is at this house.

Swat is out on laurel st.#mitshooting #boston #mit twitter.com/AKitz/status/3...
-- Andrew Kitzenberg (@AKitz) April 19, 2013

(6:22 a.m.): There were reports earlier that police on radio scanners said the Sunil Tripathi, possibly identifying him as the suspect. Tripathi is a student at Brown University who has been missing for over a month, but according to (again) Pete Williams, Tripathi is not one of the two suspects.

MBTA is shut down and people in six communities told to stay inside as hunt for Marathon bombing suspect continues in Watertown (Shelley Murphy, Milton J. Valencia, Wesley Lowery, Akilah Johnson, Eric Moskowitz, Lisa Wangsness and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff, 4/19/13, Boston Globe)

According to Alben, the night's outbreak of violence began when police received reports of a robbery of a convenience store in Kendall Square near MIT. A few minutes later, an MIT police officer, who has not been identified, was shot multiple times while in his cruiser at Main and Vassar streets, near Building 32, better known as the renowned Stata Center on the MIT campus.

The officer was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital. A short time later, two men carjacked a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint, and the owner of that car was able to flee at a gas station on Memorial Drive.

The SUV proceeded out Memorial Drive toward Watertown followed by a long train of police vehicles in pursuit. At one point during the pursuit, the two suspects opened fire on Watertown police and a Transit Police officer, who was shot and who remains in critical condition at a Boston-area hospital this morning.

During the gunfight, the man known as Marathon suspect #1 was wounded and was taken into custody. This morning, Dr. Richard Wolfe said the man was brought to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency room about 1:10 a.m. with multiple traumatic injuries.

"It was more than gunshot wounds,'' Wolfe told reporters about 5:30 a.m. today. "It was a combination of injuries. We believe a combination of of blasts, multiple gunshot wounds."

Wolfe said it looked like the man had been hurt by an "explosive device'' and that the man was struck by "shrapnel.'' The man was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. The hospital officials said they did not know his name.

The night's chaos began about six hours after law enforcement released images of suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings that left three people dead and 170 wounded.

After responding to the shooting at MIT, police streamed to Watertown, sirens blaring. There, gunfire and explosions cut through the night air. Police warned that spectators were in danger. At Arsenal Court and Arsenal Street in Watertown, an officer bellowed: "Ya gotta get outta here. There's an active shooter here with an active explosive. Go!"

Surviving Boston bombing suspect named as Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev following shootout that left other suspect and police officer dead (NIKHIL KUMAR   , MELANIE LEATHER , STEVE ANDERSON,19 APRIL 2013, Independent)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears to been educated at at a Cambridge high school before receiving a scholarship to pursue higher education in 2011. His name appears on a list of 45 recipients of the Cambridge City Scholarship, handed to students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

Mr Davis earlier described Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the 'white hat suspect,' referring to a man seen in video footage released by the FBI late last night of people they believed to be involved in the marathon bombing.

In a news conference, Mr Davis said: "We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody."

Police say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to be wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. He is white with dark hair and appears to be in his twenties.

Colonel Timothy Alben, superintendent of Massachusetts State Police said: "We believe these are the same individuals that were responsible for the bombing on Monday of the Boston marathon. We believe they are responsible for the death of an MIT police officer and the shooting of an MBTA officer."

Locals are being warned to be extra vigilant after reports of a suspicious device by staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nearby Cambridge. The town is in lock-down, as authorities order businesses not to open and all traffic to be stopped while the operation continues.

The sequence of events began late last night with the armed robbery of a 7-11 in Cambridge, followed by reports of loud shooting on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A campus police officer was shot after investigating a disturbance in the area and later died in hospital.

Minutes later a black Mercedes was carjacked from Kendall Square, close to the shootout, leading police on a chase through Watertown.

The chase led officers through a residential neighbourhood, where a shootout ensued between officers and the two suspects.

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