Massachusetts police are hunting for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who they say was the second suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police. The two suspects are of Chechen descent.
Boston police have ordered residents to remain at home, as officers search for Tsarnaev.
Earlier Friday, law enforcement cordoned off a two-block area in Watertown, Massachusetts – site of the deadly shootout between the suspects and police. Massachusetts state police said in a statement that “60-70% of Watertown has been covered, but the suspect has not been apprehended.”
Nearby resident Firaz Gliel described the situation to RT.
“We were woken up at 3am by a reverse 911 call. The police told all the residents to stay put and not leave the house. Looking out of our window we saw masses of SWAT teams and police agents scouring all the backyards, bushes and streets. There are helicopters. The police seem to have isolated one particular area. The police were looking and talking to the suspect through a megaphone – this is where we are right now,”Gliel said.
“Everybody is tense. No one can leave their house, all the businesses around here are closed. And we had a bomb threat yesterday, and then the marathon explosion before, so everyone is jittery. Everyone is in shock that something like this could happen in a relatively safe place, but the community has pulled together. People are helping each other out. So, there are both positives and negatives to what is going on right now,” Gliel said.
The firefight, which involved explosives, ensued after an MIT police officer was shot and killed on Friday morning, and fellow officers followed the lead of an apparent carjacking.
The killed suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was wounded during the gun exchange with the police and was apprehended, police said. He later succumbed to the injuries.
The suspect remaining at large is the FBI’s Suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing, the so-called ‘white hat suspect’. Police called the man a terrorist, who is armed and dangerous.
A 20-block perimeter was established as the manhunt for the second suspect continues.