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Intense Video of the Firefight Before the Capture of the Second Bombing Suspect: WATCH


The capture of Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was preceded by a brief but ferocious exchange of gunfire, which one Watertown resident filmed from the upstairs window of his home. Intense.


(via davidmixner)

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  1. This is the stuff Wayne LaPierre masturbates to.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 20, 2013 10:50:16 AM

  2. I would be completely traumatized by that. I would have been hiding under my bed crying.

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 20, 2013 11:03:17 AM

  3. that seemed like a bit too much over kill ... ... guess the guy taking the photo never heard of "Get Down" or "Stray Bullet"

    Posted by: rjp3 | Apr 20, 2013 11:05:25 AM

  4. There were reports that all the pops are actually a stun grenade designed to disorient the suspect and not individual gunshots.

    Posted by: Aron | Apr 20, 2013 11:42:33 AM

  5. A picture of a house. Intense. Really.

    Posted by: John Conolley | Apr 20, 2013 11:48:45 AM

  6. Mr Conolley, next time play it with the sound turned on. Smartarse.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 20, 2013 12:40:04 PM

  7. +1000 for DEV
    -10000 for JC

    Posted by: Edd | Apr 20, 2013 12:52:24 PM

  8. r2d2, what hole did you crawl out of?

    Overkill? He blew up two children and several others with a pressure cooker.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Apr 20, 2013 3:25:31 PM

  9. Why hasn't this been updated now that we know it wasn't a "firefight"?

    Posted by: denizo | Apr 20, 2013 5:04:27 PM

  10. @D.R.H.: If those popping sounds were bullets (Aron claimed the sound might have been from some sort of "stun grenade," whatever that is), it would seem like overkill given that the culprit was apparently barely able to move due to being shot several hours earlier. Possibly the police didn't know the extent of his injuries or even that he had been shot.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 20, 2013 6:38:42 PM

  11. Guns scare me so much!!!! Make them disappear!!! Knives too!!!! They're so sharp and scary!!! Broken vodka bottle scare me,too! You can knock someones eye out with a broken vodka bottle, or cut an artery!!! BAN VODKA BOTTLE NOW! FOR THE CHILDREN!

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 20, 2013 8:34:02 PM

  12. Was it really that important for this guy to record this and put his life in danger?

    Posted by: tiko | Apr 20, 2013 9:28:31 PM

  13. @Bill: i'm still unclear on what exactly these sounds were. it seems like auto or semi auto gunfire to me; some redditors suggested maybe rubber bullets. i was mesmerized and watching this live, and reading live blogs from police scanners (on reddit). this scene happened just as the police discovered he was in the boat. the police then surrounded him. (it would be another hour or so for cnn to catch up; but at least one of the local boston station was down the street from the boat incident and more informed)
    they threw non-lethal stun grenades in/near the boat to stun the suspect. those are designed to disorient by temporarily blinding a suspect; they're also kind of loud so the suspect has temporary hearing issues. the stun grenades happened a bit later, and are not rapid fire. they were a handful of pops (maybe one or 3 thrown at a time, with noticeable delays between a collection).
    the cops decided, it seemed, to not jump in after the stunners, because the suspect might have been holding a final bomb, or might've tried to blow up the boats fuel tank. he eventually talked with negotiators and surrendered.

    Posted by: Billy | Apr 20, 2013 10:31:01 PM

  14. The sound is from several officers discharging their service rifles at the same time. Definitely not automatic fire. I've shot my own AR enough to recognize that sound.

    Posted by: matt | Apr 20, 2013 10:45:15 PM

  15. The stun bombs are actually called flash bangs - for a light flash so intense it temporarily blinds the person and the bang so loud it makes them temporarily deaf. This was discussed in depth on CNN last night with a former CIA agent, who has actually experienced it himself, which is a training requirement. FYI.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Apr 20, 2013 11:16:32 PM

  16. well that was....anticlimactic.

    Posted by: phil | Apr 21, 2013 2:13:48 AM

  17. Seriously, they're flash bangs. This was explicitly confirmed. If people can be so incoherent and confused about something which was already verified, it's no wonder the country is in a state of complete confusion about basically everything. The internet: it's not a replacement for thinking.

    Posted by: denizo | Apr 21, 2013 10:54:49 AM

  18. In my 'hood, when we hear that much gunfire, we film from the safety of a cast-iron bathtub....

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 21, 2013 2:19:50 PM

  19. Right!!!! Still not updated though we know it was not a firefight. It was all about super loud noise and all generated by the police. The guy didn't stir. Then they approached with a megaphone and managed to rouse him and after 25 minutes talked him into surrendering.

    I realize not everyone is paying as much attention as those of us who live here, but Towleroad should do better. Misinformation serves no one.

    Posted by: Chuckles | Apr 21, 2013 4:09:19 PM

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