Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect 2 In Custody; Suspect 1 Dead

Dzhokhar A.Tsarnaev (Suspect 2) is alive and in custody after authorities found him hiding on a boat in Watertown.

Yiqing Shao, Kaitlyn Johnston, Eric Randall, and Steve Annear contributed to this report.


Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings who set off a day-long manhunt that shut down major swaths of greater Boston, is alive and has been taken into custody. A medic is on the scene to attend to injuries, which are reportedly non-fatal gunshot wounds.

Tsarnaev was found wounded and hiding in a boat in a back yard of a house on Franklin Street in Watertown, according to reports from the scene. At a press conference announcing the capture, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz hinted at what’s to come, saying her office will sift through evidence before filing charges. “My journey, and my office’s journey, begins,” she noted.

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The backyard where Tsarnaev was reportedly captured, via Google Earth

Authorities confirmed Friday morning that Suspect 1, identified as Tamorlan Tsarnaev, of Cambridge, was fatally shot in the early morning hours after a chase that ended in Watertown, Mass. Suspect 2, Tsarnaev’s brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled the scene and prompted a daylong search for what police believed to be an armed and dangerous suspect that brought the entire Boston area to a halt.

The FBI released photos of two suspects they believed were linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. Around 10:48 p.m. Thursday night, a fatal shooting of an MIT police officer near Building 32 (also known as the Stata Center) and a reported carjacking in Cambridge prompted a police chase, during which the suspects threw explosives from their vehicles toward their pursuers, authorities said. The chase ended in Watertown, where a number of explosions were heard, as were perhaps 80 to 100 gunshots, according to witnesses in the area.

During the shootout, Tamorlan Tsarnaev was shot and later pronounced dead at Beth Israel Medical Center due to multiple gunshot wounds and possible blast injuries. A transit officer, Richard Donohue, was also seriously hurt and taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, where he had surgery and is in critical, though stable, condition.

NBC reported that at least one pressure cooker was found at the Watertown crime scene, further suggesting that these suspects were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, an act of terrorism that killed three and injured more than 170 people near the finish line on Boylston Street on Monday afternoon.

Prior to the MIT shooting, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, still on the run, was photographed on surveillance at a 7-Eleven. Police Commissioner Ed Davis said, “We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who came here to kill people.”

As the Boston area awoke Friday morning, authorities suspended MBTA service and asked that people in Watertown, Cambridge, Boston, and other surrounding areas to exercise extreme caution, stay in their homes, and refrain from answering their doors, which effectively suspended all business and activity in the city Friday, resulting in a chilling sight of city streets empty at midday.

Meanwhile, people began to learn more about the two men believed to have caused so much mayhem in the past week. The Tsarnaev brothers are Chechan, and immigrated to the U.S. about 10 years ago. Those who knew them expressed surprise that they’d be involved, as the media sought a clearer picture of their life in the United States.

Amid the chaos, authorities confirmed that the MIT officer killed on Thursday night had been identified as Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville. The Middlesex DA’s office says Collier joined the MIT police in January 2012. His family released a statement:

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful and caring son and brother, Sean,” his family wrote.  “Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to – serving and protecting others.”

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  • James

    A grim reminder of the legacy left behind by Bush and Blair

  • Collaborative SCHPS

    Exactly, James!
    Now we Cambridge residents who didn’t stir from our homes or express condolences to the families or lower our flags to half mast when three young people were killed over one weekend in a place none of us ever go but just five miles from the marathon finish line have some taste of what it is like for residents of Dorchester or Bagdad, not during one tense morning but year after year. We can stay indoors for a few hours while this crisis is being resolved but they have to brave dangerous streets just to conduct their lives. It seems we cannot take what we dish out.
    Very young looking kids; how did they reach the point of despair that drove them to assassinate and maim other youngsters like themselves. What a world!

  • wasem

    Oh my god why they do that god will be talk them to hill cuz he never like the one kill any one shet… To all the r killer

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.swiatek Dean Swiatek

    They need to get this piece of shit alive so they can make an example of him live on pay-per-view TV!!!

    • plentycoups

      yuck. That’s the kind of “americana” foulness that is adding to the thrill of killing us.

      This kid is nothing – who PAID him? Which illuminati pig is actually responsible?? Those are the men that need to be used as an example, not the lackeys

    • Angeletto

      You are sick!!!!

  • James

    Let us hope that he will not be tortured after capture. Torture – Another grim legacy of Bush and Blair.

  • RBCHD

    Grim reminder that we have to lock our doors we are letting in way to many immigrants .. this is ridiculous!!!!

    • rubia

      that would never happen, unless they lock there’s and we lose all are resources.

  • RBCHD

    Obama’s policy has a lot to do with this happening in Boston.. Janet N. needs to get off her duff and do her job!

  • pat

    So immigration stops mexicans from coming over but have u ever heard of a Mexican terrorist??J/S

    • rubia

      I’m telling you its ridiculous

    • Bob

      Mexicans kill way more Americans in this country than Islamic terrorists do. Both need to stay out of our country.

      • Guest

        Americans kill more people in the world! Especially Mexicans and Central Americans because fucking Americans are drug addicts and Mexicans and Central Americans have to fight a war that does not belong to them thanks to y’all fucking addict noses!!

      • Angeletto

        Actually, more Mexicans die thanks to yall American addicted noses to cocaine!!

        • Bob

          You guys are retards.

  • rubia

    it not immigrants, because this country was built on it so research then speak. And anyone can go on a killing spree if they snap, i do feel bad for everyone in Boston but really to trash the immigrants it makes no sense we buy,eat, and wear almost everything they make , its disgusting the way immigrants are talked about.

  • plentycoups

    exactly.

  • plentycoups

    Who paid these dudes? Which illuminati pig-man is actually responsible?

  • hadi

    Its the governmen whos behind all of this open your eyes and ears! We are told how to feel , think ,talk ,fear and everyone that Want to put Mexicans in this argument is pathetic. We are worried about who want to come and walk our land… when we should be worried about about the people who claim to own the land. Shut your mouth and open your heart ears and mind to god that everything was written and only god can save us!

  • sticksone

    Two people bring a whole city to a standstill with crude bombs. What will ever happen when someone brings in a small nuke into a large city and sets it off. It may bring a whole country to a standstill.