Manhunt For Marathon Suspect Puts Boston, School On Lockdown [VIDEO]
Boston and its immediate western suburbs remain on lockdown as a massive manhunt continues for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev as the college he attended is evacuated.
A message on the U Mass Dartmouth website instructs student to “evacuate campus immediately.”
Tsarnaev is a student at the school, about an hour’s drive south of Boston. Students say he lived on the third floor of a campus dormitory. Harry Danso, who lives on the same floor, tells the Associated Press he saw him in the dorm hallway this week and Tsarnaev was calm.
CNN reports a helicopter carrying a number of law enforcement landed on campus.
Looking For A New Car
Connecticut Police are looking for a 1999 green Honda Civic with Massachusetts license plates 116 GCl7. Boston Police believe the suspect may be driving that vehicle.
At a noon hour press conference, Governor Duval Patrick said that he and other officials are aware of details they can not divulge and asked residents to remain inside although people who reported for work can return home.
Massachusetts State Police say that “60 percent of the search is done but there is still more work to be done.” Boston Mayor Menino was defiant and promised “We are not going to let the terrorist win over.
Amtrak announced the suspension in service at the request of law enforcement according to a press release. Service on the Northeast Corridor had been suspended between Boston and Providence since this morning.
Service is operating normally between Washington D.C. and New York Penn Station.
The Boston Red Sox have postponed tonight’s game at Fenway Park and the Bruins have called off tonights game against Pittsburgh as the shelter-in-place continues.
“Losers” For Nephews
Government officials say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they couldn’t publicly talk about an investigation in progress. One says that Tsarnaev traveled out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
One official said there are no known ties at this point to Chechen extremist groups.
The suspects’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Friday that 19-year-old Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness. He described his nephews as “losers” and said his family is ashamed. “It is an atrocity, we are shocked,” he told reporters gathered in his front yard.”
Tsami says he respects and loves the United States because “this country gives everyone a chance.”
Cab service in the city of Boston has been restored.
Police recovered a bullet-riddled grey Honda CRV that was the vehicle hijacked by the suspects and was involved in a shootout with slain MIT police officer Sean Collier. The sequence of events is not clear.
Shelter In Place
A shelter -in-place remains in place for the city of Boston as a massive manhunt continues around Boston.
Residents of Boston along with Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston are being told to stay where they are and not leave their homes.
The MBTA has shut down its entire system as the manhunt continues for Tsarnaev.
Boston Children’s Hospital has locked down their main campus in the Longwood section meaning patient appointments are cancelled and inpatients will not be discharged.
The University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth, located south of Boston, was put on lockdown after the school discovered one of the suspects was a student at the school.
Killed In The Line Of Duty
Police have also identified the MIT police officer killed by gunfire with the suspects as Sean Collier, 26 of Somerville. Colleagues described his to WCVB TV as “one of the best” and father to a 6-month-old child. He was found shot in his car near Vassar & Main Streets near the MIT campus.
Bloomberg News report bombing victim Jeff Bauman played a key role in identifying the suspects. His brother Chris says that when his brother woke up at the hospital under heavy medication following surgery he requested a paper and pen and wrote, “‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.”
He later described to investigators a man he says dropped a bag at his feet that went off two minutes later.
Jeff Bauman lost both his legs below the knees and was in a photo showing him being pushed in a wheelchair by a bearded man.
One Brother Killed
Boston Police confirmed earlier that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead, identified as 26-years-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a manhunt is on for his brother as part of a tense night of police activity that left a university officer dead on campus.
Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the Russian city of Makhachkala that his younger son, Dzhokhar, is “a true angel.”
“Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here,” the father said.
Bomb Next To A Victim?
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly tweeted that colleague Rick Leventhal reported about a photo the FBI had of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev placing a bomb next to 8-year-old victim Martin Richard on the sidewalk.
Martin’s family attended the family to cheer on his father Bill Richard’s run in the Marathon according to WHDH TV. Martin’s 7-year-old sister Jane suffered a major injury to her leg while their mother Denise had emergency surgery on her brain. She also lost a leg. Another child was not injured.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story