One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead, and at the time of our broadcast, a massive manhunt is underway for the second after a chaotic scene erupted overnight that left one police officer dead, another critically wounded. The Associated Press says the two men are brothers from a Russian area near Chechnya who had lived in the United States at least a year. The one still at large has been identified by the AP as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, of Cambridge. Authorities released a new image of him on Friday. In a tweet, NBC News said the deceased suspect, described as suspect number one and seen in FBI-released photos wearing a black baseball cap, was Tamerlan Tzarnaev. A Massachusetts State Police official said the violence began when police received reports of a robbery at a convenience store near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An MIT police officer was then shot in his cruiser and later pronounced dead. The two suspects are then accused of carjacking a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint and, at one point, opening fire on police, including a transit officer, who is now in critical condition. During the firefight with police, the first suspect was injured and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Dr. Richard Wolfe described the suspect’s injuries.
Dr. Richard Wolfe: “Multiple injuries, probably, we believe, a combination of blasts, potentially gunshot wounds.”
Journalist: “How many gunshot wounds?”
Dr. Richard Wolfe: “Unable to count.”
Journalist: “Multiple gunshot wounds?”
Dr. Richard Wolfe: “Yes.”
Journalist: “And the other — I’m sorry, I didn’t hear the rest of that.”
Dr. Richard Wolfe: “And probably a blast injury also.”
Journalist: “'Blast' meaning what?”
Dr. Richard Wolfe: “An explosive device, possibly shrapnel, thermal injury.”
Journalist: “Can you describe where it was?”
Dr. Richard Wolfe: “It was pretty much throughout the trunk. It was multiple wounds.”
The two suspects are accused of planting explosives that detonated within seconds of each other at the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring some 180 others. Amid the search for the second suspect, public transit service was shut down in Boston, and residents of the town of Watertown and the surrounding area were being told to stay indoors. This is Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.
Commissioner Ed Davis: “There’s a 20-block perimeter around the location that Chief Deveau just talked about. We are concerned about securing that area and making sure that this individual is taken into custody. We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”