23:23 PM EST (04/19/2013): Crowds in Boston Common singing The Star Spangled Banner.
22:18 PM EST (04/19/2013): Footage shot from the shootout earlier today in Watertown.
22:08 PM EST (04/19/2013): President Obama: “We send our condolences to the Collier family, who lost their son Sean, police officer at MIT.”
20:56 PM EST (04/19/2013): Prayers and well-wishes for a return to peace for all those affected by this in Boston and surrounding areas.
20:46 PM EST (04/19/2013): Multiple outlets reporting that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody.
20:45 PM EST (04/19/2013): Crowd in Watertown is cheering. Suspect may be apprehended.
20:39 PM EST (04/19/2013): RT @BostonGlobe: BREAKING NEWS: Three people taken into custody in New Bedford as part of Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.
20:36 PM EST (04/19/2013): Multiple news sources confirm that it is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boat in Watertown. It is not known whether he is alive or dead.
19:52 PM EST (04/19/2013): Police have removed the cover from a boat in a Watertown backyard containing the man believed to be the Boston Marathon terror bombing suspect, a source tells the Globe. Police believe they have located and pinned down the desperate 19-year-old man, a separate source told the Boston Globe. Suspect located using thermal imaging.
by Teresa Hanafin, Boston.com on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:49:24 PM
17:49 PM EST (04/19/2013): BBC confirms that it is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boat.
19:42 PM EST (04/19/2013):A Boston Globe source says the person in the boat is not moving.
by Teresa Hanafin, Boston.com on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:36:22 PM
19:39 PM EST (04/19/2013): President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to US President Barack Obama according to a press release: “President Putin expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston.”.
19:36 PM EST (04/19/2013): Suspect is in the boat, not moving, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
19:29 PM EST (04/19/2013): Authorities confirm that there is a man in the boat in Watertown, shots were fired, he is alive but it is unknown if he is suspect 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
19:19 PM EST (04/19/2013): Suspect 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly pinned down in backyard of house on Franklin Street in Watertown. He has allegedly hid himself in a boat according to WBZ which received the information via Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston.
19:05 PM EST (04/19/2013): Police officers massing at parking lot of an office building in east Watertown.
19:02 PM EST (04/19/2013): A dozen shots fired in Watertown, MA according to various reports.
18:44 PM EST (04/19/2013):
Massachusetts state police chief Col Timothy Alben outlined how exhaustive the search had been today. “We went through about 20 streets here, door to door, with our tactical teams,” he said.
“We knocked on doors to ensure that everyone was safe in their homes and that they saw the police on their streets. We did limited searches of those homes to render them safe. We’ve also followed a number of leads this afternoon that have taken us in various places in eastern Massachusetts, and none of those leads have been fruitful to this point.
18:08 PM EST (04/19/2013): Press conference with police and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. MBTA opened, lockdown lifted. Watertown will see ‘saturated patrols.’ Suspect Dzhokhor Tsarnaev still at large. Watch Live.
18:05 PM EST (04/19/2013): The BBC is reporting that SWAT teams are still searching homes in the Watertown area.
17:57 PM EST: Video interview below with the Tsarnaevs’ father. Transcript here.
17:42 PM EST (04/19/2013): Boston.com has a summary of the events that led to the death of the second suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev:
One minute later, however, authorities allege that the brothers did shoot and kill MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier as the officer sat in his MIT cruiser.
Two minutes later, authorities receive a call that a car has been carjacked by two men outside 816y Memorial Drive. A short time later – it was not immediately clear – a Transit Police officer spots the vehicle and pursues, a chase that came to a stop in Watertown.’
In the moments that followed, 200 rounds were fired by police and apparently by the brothers. Police also recovered “numerous pieces of evidence” including “evidence of homemade explosives, including pipe bombs and another pressure cooker,’’ State Police said.
Also, contrary to what Alben said earlier this afternoon, no potential explosives were found on Norfolk Street in Cambridge where the two brothers lived, and a planned “controlled explosion’’ was deemed unwarranted.
“We did not have to do the controlled detonation,’’ State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote. “We thought a car there might have an explosive but it did not.’’
17:16 PM EST (04/19/2013): Boston Marathon bombing victim and hero, Jeff Bauman, of the iconic photo below with Carlos Arredondo, is a part of the 1.9% of Massachusetts residents who do not have health insurance. A fundraiser is established in his name. PLEASE DONATE HERE.
17:05 PM EST (04/19/2013): Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, urges Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to turn himself in to police.
17:01 PM EST (04/19/2013): Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly ran over his own brother, suspect #2 Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in his escape from police during the firefight in Watertown according to Boston.com.
11:17 AM EST (04/19/2013): Boston is a ghost town currently.
10:46 AM EST (04/19/2013): Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Massachusetts is the MIT police officer slain by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, according to Boston.com. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
10:31 AM EST (04/19/2013):
10:02 AM EST: Information on the Terror Suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, class of 2011.
- Dzhokhar was one of 45 high-school seniors to receive a $2,500 scholarship from Cambridge in 2011.
- A high-school wrestler, Dzhokhar was named Student Athlete of the Month in February 2011 and a Greater Boston League Winter All-Star in 2011.
- Dzhokhar signed a petition about ducks and chickens in Cambridge with the comment: “leave the chickens.”
- A social-media account bearing Dzhokhar’s name lists his world view as “Islam” and his priorities as “career and money.”
- A high-school friend told the Boston CBS affiliate that Dzhokhar was “just a normal American kid.”
- His older brother Tamerlan was an amateur boxer, weighing 196 pounds, who trained at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Allston and studied at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.
- The subject of a portrait series, Tamerlan told photographer Johannes Hirn that he fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee.
09:41 AM EST: Bloomberg is reporting that Jeff Bauman, the man pictured in the photograph below, assisted the FBI in identifying the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
09:35 AM EST (04/19/2013): Boston Globe reporter David Abel tweets: “Just spoke to two Transit police officers who told me that their colleague who was shot is “going to live” and is “a good, brave dude”.
The Boston Marathon bombing terrorists are Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 19 and 26-year old pair of brothers from Chechnya living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the gunfight with responders last night in Watertown, Massachusetts.
The cities of Boston, Brookline, Watertown, Cambridge, Allston, Brighton, and Newtown are in a state of lockdown.
Taxi service, mass transit service, and Amtrak service between Boston and Providence is suspended.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick orders residents of the affected cities to stay inside their homes and not open their doors to anyone except for law enforcement officials with proper identification.
Events have rapidly moved forward following the revelation of pictures of the two suspects yesterday. After robbing a 7-11 in the Central Square district of Cambridge, the two suspects carjacked a Mercedes SUV and killed a responding MIT police officer. They then led police on a chase into Watertown where a gunfight ensued.