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One Boston Bombing Suspect Dead; Manhunt Underway for Second

(Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, left, still at large. His brother Tamerlan, right, is dead)

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The hunt for the Boston bombers developed quickly and violently this morning, NBC News reports:

With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives out the window in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.

The second suspect — the one in the white hat in photos released by the FBI — was on the loose, and police ordered people in the Boston suburb of Watertown to stay in their homes and businesses not to open. Boston shut down its buses and subway system for the hunt.

The suspects are brothers with the last name Tsarnaev, law enforcement officials told NBC News. Two law enforcement officials told NBC News that both men had international ties, had been in the United States about a year, were in their early 20s and had military experience.

Video of the Watertown shootout (all you hear is the gunfire):

Yahoo adds:

Suspect 1 was shot by police and brought to Beth Israel Medical Center. He arrived at the hospital under cardiac arrest with multiple gunshot wounds and blast-like injuries to his chest. The second suspect fled on foot, leading to the tense manhunt that is still underway at this hour.

"We believe this to be a terrorist," said Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him into custody."

A transit officer was seriously wounded during the exchange of gunfire, officials said.

The transit officer has now been identified as Richard H. Donahue, Jr., 33, and is in the hospital.

Early reports to AP are that the brothers are from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived in the U.S. for at least a year. Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, 19, a resident of Cambridge, is the bombing suspect #2 still on the loose.

Dzhokar TzarnevWhat we know about Dzhokhar Tzarnaev here. Here is his Russian Facebook account. This is possibly his Twitter account.

The second suspect, now dead, was Dzhokhar's brother Tamerlan Tzarnaev. He was 26 and born in Russian and has been a legal permanent resident since 2007, according to NBC News.

Apparently Tamerlan was an amateur boxer:

Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition. Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee.

Originally from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years, Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."

A user with the same name created a YouTube 'Terrorists' playlist.

A manhunt is still underway near Watertown and Cambridge for #2:

“I just want to speak to the community of Watertown. We need your help now. We are asking everyone to shelter into your place,” Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said. “The Watertown community has always stood strong. We need them to do that today.”

Media and public are being warned to stay away from Norfolk street in Cambridge where there is a dangerous and fluid situation this morning.

MIT, Harvard, Brandeis, BU, BC, Boston Conservatory, Bentley, Suffolk, Northeastern, Simmons, Berklee, Wheelock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Emmanuel and Emerson canceled classes today.

Amtrak service is suspended between Boston and Providence.

8:02 am: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the "shelter in place" recommendation is in place throughout Boston. Everyone in Boston is being asked to stay inside.



Their father called his son "a true angel":

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The suspects' uncle demands Dzhokhar turn himself in and beg forgiveness for putting shame on the Chechen people:

12:35 pm ET.

Investigators held a press conference and said they're going house to house in the Watertown area. They have new leads coming in but no apprehension of the second suspect yet. They also announced there will be a controlled explosion in Cambridge this afternoon.

Ex-classmates talk about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

The aunt speaks:

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  1. They are Chechens? That's unexpected.

    Posted by: ripper | Apr 19, 2013 7:25:21 AM

  2. Been following this on twitter, it is all very surreal. The second suspect shows sympathy for Islamic extremist on his profile and uses homophobic slurs.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 19, 2013 7:58:38 AM

  3. Yikes. One of the comments on his page says "you did everything perfectly. Death to America."

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 19, 2013 8:22:35 AM

  4. @jay which is odd looking at the "will box for passport" gallery of the dead one.

    Posted by: Bollux | Apr 19, 2013 8:42:38 AM

  5. supposedly RUSSIANS from Chechnya area

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 19, 2013 8:54:02 AM

  6. Very impressed with your reporting on this! Found you by searching suspect's name and your blog came up on top.

    Posted by: diane | Apr 19, 2013 8:54:24 AM

  7. if anyone is interested

    ^ chechnya wiki page

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 19, 2013 9:16:04 AM

  8. It is interesting to see the instances of prejudice diplayed as this story progressed.
    Refer to the comments on the photos released...

    Posted by: Bruce | Apr 19, 2013 9:21:40 AM

  9. not provable facts yet > read that the MIT security guard is dead and 1 transit police officer wounded and will survive

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 19, 2013 9:41:06 AM

  10. The dead MIT 'security guard' is full fledged deputized cop. He was not a 'mall cop'. University cops go through the same training as municipal police, and they have the powers of arrest, and all full police powers.

    I'm speechless. I know the Kendall Square area and Cambridge itself very well. I was in Kendall Square all day yesterday, and even went into the 7-11 that was robbed.

    Two POS, one down, one to go. American society treated them very well. The City of Cambridge even gave this kid a scholarship. Since he would be considered a poor refugee, he also is without a doubt collecting all kinds of so-called entitlements. This is the way they say thank you. I hope cops kill him.

    I've also little doubt the type of radical far left 'progressive' so common in Cambridge, and whom permeate it's culture, helped radicalize this kid, encouraging and enabling his victimhood.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 19, 2013 11:31:49 AM

  11. Yeah, ratbastard. He was encouraged by liberals to hate everyone around him. Nice try. Go back to your log cabin.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 19, 2013 11:49:45 AM

  12. Someone put up a sign in Boston saying "this happens everyday in Syria". Right, and all over the world too, often, consistently...because they're Muslims unaccustomed yet to co-existence among themselves and the rest of us. The only place this doesn't seem to be true - yet - is among American Muslims.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 19, 2013 12:42:16 PM

  13. Yes Robert; radical progressives' hate, just like radical far right 'fascist'. And radical far left 'progressives' additionally encourage and enable victimhood. They've raised it to an art form. It's about keeping the masses down on the plantation and radicalized, Robert. Keep the hate going, keep them on edge. That's how the game works, Robert.

    And I don't live in a log cabin,Robert. I was born, raised, and live in a big city, cosmopolitan, multicultural, urban environment. Nice try.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 19, 2013 12:43:21 PM

  14. These two psychotic conmen by way of Chechnya and Turkey were know in Cambridge for driving new BMWs, Range Rovers, and other expensive sports cars. They always paid in cash, even big ticket items. They were know for wearing expensive designer clothes. Two 'poor', oppressed refugees from a war-torn nation. What gives? I know what gives. Do you, Robert? Anybody else?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 19, 2013 12:47:00 PM

  15. My dad is dead because black people broke his bum with their big penises.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 19, 2013 12:52:30 PM

  16. @ ratbastard

    never intended "security guard" to denegrate the man or his job at all, may he R.I.P.

    sounds like the family were political refugees and granted asylum

    & as a socialist far left progressive here, I say kill the animal. Take him out & he is an animal who forfeited all rights to being considered part of the human family

    Posted by: moz's | Apr 19, 2013 1:11:40 PM

  17. Note the "dad is dead..." remark against Ratbastard. It's KIWI, the only coward who consistently comes on line with this kind of crypto filth. He never denies it.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 19, 2013 1:27:38 PM

  18. Notice the outrage by UFFDA. He's another alias of Ratbastard, who is also an alias of Rick, just as Adam, David Hearne and Jason are.

    Only a coward would need to come up with so many aliases to promote comments filled with anti-effeminate sentiment, misogyny, racism, and Islamaphobia. Keep these names in mind and ignore them in the future

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 19, 2013 2:09:24 PM

  19. I have no other alias on TR. I only post as ratbastard. You will occasionally see bizarre freakish posts referencing my dead father,posted by a Mr. Miller from Toronto, AKA Little Kiwi.


    '...anti-effeminate sentiment, misogyny, racism, and Islamaphobia.' Did you leave anyone out? What about short, fat transgendered Satan worshippers with Asperger's Syndrome and bad acid reflux? I think you forgot them.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 19, 2013 2:31:26 PM

  20. See? I'm me, posting as myself, because there's no way I'm merely another alias of this site's resident troll.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 19, 2013 2:38:17 PM

  21. KIWI, it's all KIWI. Ask Andy Towle who permits it. I did not post the last one under my name.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 20, 2013 2:20:09 AM

  22. @Jay: the interviews of the "second suspect's" former classmates indicated that he'd use marijuana and alcohol like his friends did. That doesn't sound like a devout Muslim, so I'd be careful about jumping to conclusions about motives. Let's at least wait until information obtained in police interviews with him gets released.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 20, 2013 2:52:56 AM

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