Massive manhunt underway in Watertown for Boston Marathon bombing suspect #2
An intensive manhunt is underway this morning in Watertown, Mass. for suspect number 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing. Police are warning Watertown residents to stay indoor for their own safety.
Boston police has identified suspect number 2 as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirmed that suspect number 1, identified as Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in the firefight.
“We believe these are the same individuals that were responsible for the bombing on Monday at the Boston Marathon. We believe they’re responsible for the death of an MIT police officer and the shooting of an MBTA police officer. This is a very serious situation that we’re dealing with,” said Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben.
The MIT police officer killed has been identified as Sean Collier. Collier, from Wilmington, worked for the Somerville Police Department as a civilian employee before joining the team at MIT in 2012. He was shot at the corner of Vassar Street and Main Street in Cambridge, roughly between Building 32 (Stata Center) and Building 76 (David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research) on the MIT campus. He was later pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 26-years-old.
“Sean was one of these guys who really looked at police work as a calling,” said MIT Police Chief John DiFava. “He was born to be a police officer.”
The Tsarnaev brothers then led police on chase from Cambridge to Watertown, where they waged a fierce gun battle against police in Watertown early this morning. Videos recorded by Watertown residents captured loud explosions in the midst of the rapid gunfire, suggesting that bombs or grenades were used in the fight.
The MBTA officer shot has been identified as 33-year-old Richard H. Donohue. He is being treated at Mount Auburn Hospital.
Police have established a 20-block perimeter and are going “door-to-door, street by street, in and around Watertown” to search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Police have described him as “armed and dangerous.” He was last seen wearing a light-colored hooded sweater with green and yellow illustrations.
“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 into custody,” Davis told reporters at a 4:30 a.m. press briefing.
Authorities have shut down all mass transit, roads in and out of Watertown, have asked businesses to remain closed and residents to remain indoor in 6 cities. MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Emerson College, and Northeastern University have all closed the campuses for the day.
“Businesses in area of 480 Arsenal Street in Watertown are closed until furher notice. Employees instructed to remain home,” the Boston Police tweeted. BPD also announced at 5:45 a.m. EST that all MBTA service as well as vehicle traffic in and out of Watertown have been suspended until further notice.
“To the residents of Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, and the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, we are asking you to stay home, stay indoors. We’re asking businesses not to open. We’re asking people not to congregate outside. We’re asking people not to go to mass transit,” said Kurt Schwartz, Director of Massachusetts Emergency Management.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been confirmed as a registered student at UMass Dartmouth. The campus has been evacuated as a result.
“Students, staff and faculty have been asked to leave campus in a calm and orderly fashion. This action is in response to information that the person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing is a registered student. State, local, and campus police are on campus to assist with the evacuation and to conduct a full investigation,” according to a written statement released by UMass Dartmouth.
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Press briefing by MA officials on the manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect in Watertown – April 19, 2013
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis on the shootings at MIT & Watertown – 4:30 a.m. April 19, 2013
- WhatTheFolly.com: Boston Marathon bombing
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: MA officials announce suspension of MBTA services & ask residents of Watertown and surrounding communities to stay indoor during manhunt for Boston Marathon suspect #2
- MIT.edu: MIT officer killed in the line of duty identified as Sean Collier, 26
- UMassD.edu: Press Release: Campus closed. Return here for details.