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LIVE BLOG: Mass. governor lifts lockdown imposed on Boston; suspect remains at large

The Boston suburb of Watertown turned into a virtual war zone overnight 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 is the target of a house-to-house manhunt. 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.

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6:00 P.M. (EDT) 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.

 5:35 P.M.  U.S. President Barack Obama calls Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to offer ongoing federal help in the Boston bombing investigation, and to express condolences for a police officer killed in the search for suspects. "The president said that the entire country is behind the people of Boston as well as Massachusetts," a White House official says.

 3:50 P.M. U.S. media reports that police have ruled out the possibility of a third suspect and are now only looking for the man known as suspect number 2, Dzhokar Tsarneav.

3:30 P.M.  Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarneav was at the UMass Dartmouth campus this week, his classmates told AP. Sonia Ribeiro, 19, of Boston, was in a philosophy class with Tsarnaev. She said he was on campus this week, although not in class. "He was laid back. I would never expect this at all from him," she said.

2:45 P.M. The aunt of the suspects says the older brother recently became a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day. Tamerlan married and had a 3-year-old daughter in the U.S., she said. "He has a wife in Boston and from a Christian family, so you can’t tie it to religion," she said.

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