Just a few days after the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon, police have tracked down the brothers thought to be responsible for the act, with one suspect dead and the other on the loose.
Police have ordered people in the Boston suburb of Watertown, where the drama is unfolding, and nearby communities to stay inside while they search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the subject at large. The 19-year-old and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are reportedly of Chechen origin. Dzhokhar was born in Kyrgyzstan and has a Massachusetts driver’s license. Tamerlan, the suspect who was killed, was born in Russia. Public transportation has been shut down in the city, including the subway system, buses, Amtrak, and taxis. Businesses have also been mandated not to open.
According to CNN:
Law enforcement officials said the tumult began just before 11 p.m., when the suspects approached a police officer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and shot him in the head.
The two then stole the officer’s cruiser, robbed a nearby 7-Eleven, carjacked a Mercedes SUV and briefly kidnapped the driver, the sources said. The suspects threw explosives out the window during the chase that followed, they said. A Boston transit police officer was shot and wounded, authorities said.
The dead suspect — the man in the black hat from the FBI photos — had an improvised explosive device strapped to his chest, law enforcement officials said.
Police shot Tamerlan dead after the car chase through Watertown. He died at Beth Israel Hospital and reportedly had bullet wounds and injuries from the explosion. The second man seems to have escaped on foot.
Right now, residents are on lock down as a convoy of at least 20 vehicles, including military-style humvees and buses, was seen descending on the town. We’ll update you on the situation as much as we can.