Boston Marathon Bombing: One Suspect Dead, Second ‘at Large’ Following Thursday Night Crime Spree and Police Shootout (Videos)
Yesterday at 5 P.M., the FBI released images of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Later that night, the two suspects went on a crime spree that initiated a horrifying shootout in suburban Boston. One of them is now dead and the other is still on the run.
It all started around 10 P.M. when the suspects robbed a 7/11 in Cambridge, MA, and were caught on video surveillance. Then around 10:30 P.M., they shot and killed an MIT police officer while he was sitting in his police cruiser. Finally, not long after murdering the police officer, the suspects carjacked a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint. The driver of the vehicle was with the suspects for a half hour before being released unharmed.
From there, police pursued the vehicle into the quiet Boston suburb of Watertown, and the situation escalated.
During the chase, the suspects reportedly threw explosive devices at officers from their stolen vehicle. Eventually the chase came to a halt, and the suspects got out of their vehicle and engaged police in a firefight.
According to one witness who spoke to the New York Times, at one point a police SUV drove forward toward the suspects, who were standing out in front of his house. The suspects shot at the police SUV until it was severely damaged and vered off its path. Then they lit a bomb, which looked like a pressure cooker, and threw it toward the police, where it exploded.
After that, one of the men ran toward the crowd of police officers and was tackled. The other got back into the SUV and drove away.
The suspects have now been identified as brothers Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The two are legal permanent residents of the United States, but are originally from Chechnya.
It was the older brother who stayed behind and eventually died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted in the battle. Here is chilling video of Tamerland Tsarnaev, “the black hat suspect” from yesterday’s FBI release, lying on the ground before being taken into custody:
Now the entire city of Boston is under lockdown. Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has suspended all public transit in the region, universities have cancelled classes for the day, and all residents have been told to remain indoors while a massive police force moves from house to house looking for the remaining suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.