Within hours after The FBI distributed photos and videos of 2 male suspects being sought in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, 1 bomber was dead and the other still on the loose.
The man known as suspect #1, wearing a black Bridgestone golf cap in the FBI photos, was dead of gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries during a harrowing police chase in Boston late last night. Suspect #2 is still on the loose after stealing a police SUV, according to Boston news affiliates who report the suspect threw grenades, IED’s and shot at police who returned fire.
“We believe this man to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people.”
The shootout began when suspect #2, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and suspect #1 robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge, MA, near the MIT University. Tsarnaev, who is from the Russian region near Chechnya, was later spotted on the MIT campus where he shot and killed an MIT officer who was responding to a report of a disturbance.
From there, authorities say, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him in the car for half an hour before releasing him uninjured at a gas station in Cambridge.
A police chase ensued which ended in quiet residential Watertown, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspects who lobbed bombs at them. Suspect #1 was shot dead during the gun battle.
Suspect #2 managed to steal a police SUV and flee the scene. He is still at large and considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Authorities shut down mass transit early Friday and asked businesses not to open. Bus commuters waiting at bus stops were asked to return home while the massive manhunt for suspect #2 continues.
“I heard the explosion, so I stepped back from that area, then I went back out and heard a second one,” she said. “It was very loud. It shook the house a little,” said Watertown resident Christine Yajko, who was awakened around 1:30 a.m. by gunfire and explosions.
“The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers,” state police spokesman David Procopio told the Associated Press.