News is breaking this morning of the death of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and the manhunt of the other. According to reports, the two men are brothers and are believed to be from Chechnya, but they don’t know how long they’ve been here.
Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist.
In Boston, still on edge over the attack on the marathon, and its western suburbs, authorities suspended mass transit and urged people to stay indoors as they searched for a man seen wearing a white baseball cap on surveillance footage from Monday’s deadly bombing at the marathon finish line.
Law enforcement officials said they believe the suspect may be strapped with explosives, and they are taking extreme measures during a massive manhunt to avoid further loss of life.
“This situation is grave. We are here to protect public safety,” Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. “We believe this to be a terrorist,’’ Davis told reporters. “We believe this to be a man here to kill people.”
It didn’t take long after their photographs were released to the public before the two went on a crime spree.
Authorities said surveillance tape recorded late Thursday showed the suspect known for the white hat during a robbery of a convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of MIT, where a university police officer was killed while responding to a report of a disturbance, said State PoliceCol Timothy Alben. The officer died of multiple gunshot wounds.
From there, authorities say, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station in Cambridge. The man was not injured.
The search for the vehicle led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. A transit police officer was seriously injured during the chase, authorities said. (Read More)
It is unknown who these two were living with, but one of them has been identified by name.
Police believe the two men, believed to be the suspects from Monday’s terror attack, are brothers, possibly from Chechnya or Turkey, according to sources who spoke to Fox News. The man on the loose was identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. They are believed to have been here for ‘several years,’ sources said. (Read More)
The officer who was injured is reportedly in critical condition.
Update: The dead brother has been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I’ve seen different reports on the ages of these two, but this report says Tamerlan Tsarnaev was 26 years old. I’ve seen others that say he was 20.
The missing suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev from Cambridge. National security officials have confirmed that the two suspects are brothers, and the New York Times is reporting that the suspect killed by police has been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.
Both are reportedly Chechens who had been living in the US for at least a year.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears to been educated at at a Cambridge high school before receiving a scholarship to pursue higher education in 2011.His name appears on a list of 45 recipients of the Cambridge City Scholarship, handed to students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
Update 2: DeadSpin has more on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who they report was Russian born and an amateur boxer here in the US. He was a Muslim and said he wanted to box for the US Olympic team. Here’s his You Tube page. Now on TV they are reporting that the younger brother, who is still at large, was a wrestler.