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 on Friday. 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.
7:55 P.M. (EDT) 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." 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.
7:07 P.M. A source says that the suspect has been pinned down by police in Watertown, Mass., The Boston Globe reports.
7:00 P.M. Gunshots sound in Watertown, Mass. as manhunt for marathon bombing suspect continues, MSNBC says, citing reports. Police respond.
6:00 P.M. In press briefing, Mass. Governor Deval Patrick says the "stay-in-place order" imposed on Boston has been lifted "based on developments" in the probe, and that public transit activity is being restored. He says he cannot elaborate on the developments but stresses the remaining suspect in the marathon bombing, Dzhokar Tsarneav, remains at large. He warns residents to "stay vigilant."
6:00 P.M. Mass. Police Superintendent Timothy P. Alben says officers have gone door to door across 20 streets in Watertown in search for the suspect. While tactical teams will now be drawn back, state police will be augmenting the activity of local police in the area. "We are committed to seeing a conclusion of this case," he says, noting Tsarneav is believed to still be in Massachusetts.