The Boston suburb of Watertown turned into a virtual war zone late on Thursday as hundreds of heavily armed police chased and confronted two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Police killed one of the suspects in the shootout, while the other was the target of a manhunt that concluded on Friday evening. A national security official identified the hunted man as Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and said the dead suspect was his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The two suspects are brothers of Chechen origin who have been residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts for more than a decade.
The fight ended up in Watertown after the two male suspects carjacked an SUV in Cambridge and led police on a high-speed chase. Witnesses said the suspects were firing out of their vehicle.
9:05 P.M. (EDT) The suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is bloodied and is being taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. It’s the same hospital where an officer injured in Thursday night’s firefight is being treated and in stable condition. Cheers sound in Watertown as residents celebrate the manhunt’s conclusion. Crowd near the scene sings “God Bless America." A woman in the crowd says: “It’s over, it’s over."
9:00 P.M. The next part in the probe into the Boston Marathon bombing is crucial as police must now determine if other accomplices were involved, whether Tsarnaev has planted more bombs and who trained him to make the devices. "This is the goldmine of counter-terrorism, to actually capture a terrorist," a former CIA official tells the WBUR, a Boston NPR station.
8:46 P.M. (EDT) Boston police tweets: "Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info."
8:45 P.M. Boston Marathon bombing suspect is in custody and is alive, MSNBC reports.
8:25 P.M. Boston police say there is a negotiator on the scene where the fugitive is cornered in Watertown, Mass., MSNBC reports.
8:15 The boat where the fugitive is believed to be hiding is on fire, MSNBC reports. The owner of the vessel has said a large amount of gasoline, some 40 gallons, is located within it, according to Boston Channel Seven.
7:55 P.M. A senior Boston police official tells MSNBC that the man hiding in boat located in a backyard in Watertown, Mass., is thought to be the surviving marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokar Tsarneav. He has been hit by gunfire, and while "he wasn’t moving at first, he is now." A trail of blood led the police to the hiding place; thermal imaging is used to track his movements. Loud popping noises being reported by a local Boston WBZ reporter, and others, a possible effort to use stun grenades get him out of the boat without shooting.
7:30 P.M. Police are focused on a boat in a yard in Watertown, Mass., where the remaining Boston marathon bombing suspect is said to be hiding, MSNBC reports. He could be wounded and could be in possession of an explosive device. Residents are asked once again to remain inside.