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UPDATE: Bombing suspect in custody, seriously injured


WATERTOWN, Mass. (WKOW) -- Boston Police say second bombing suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in custody.

They say he is alive but seriously injured and at a hospital.

Authorities say once the lockdown was lifted earlier Friday, a resident on Franklin St. walked out to his backyard.

He noticed something was wrong with his boat, opened the cover, looked inside and saw blood. He called police.

A police helicopter was able to determine Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was inside the boat and gunfire was exchanged. Officials say an FBI hostage rescue team was able to pull Tsarnaev from the boat and take him into custody.

Police can't confirm if Tsarnaev was hurt by that gunfire or in the previous exchange.

"This was truly an absolutely intense investigation and I do emphasize a truly intense investigation," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers. "As a result of that, justice is being served to the victims of these terrible crimes."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino expressed his gratitude to the citizens of the greater Boston area for their tips and patience with the investigation, along with his appreciation for the tireless work of investigators

"I feel so good about this, I tell you," Menino said Friday night. "I am so happy because the people of the greater Boston area will be able to sleep tonight because of the work of these individuals."

People who were in Watertown cheered and clapped as law enforcement officers drove away from the scene.

Authorities say this remains an active and ongoing investigation.


WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.

The brothers are suspects in Monday's marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.

Authorities in Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for the remaining suspect went on.


WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the suspect being hunted in the Boston Marathon bombing is in a boat stored in a Watertown, Mass., neighborhood.

The official said he was briefed on the situation and spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The official does not know if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is dead or alive.

Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.

The burst of activity came at the end of a tense day in and around Boston, and less than an hour after police announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they had come up empty-handed following an all-day search that sent thousands of SWAT team officers into the streets and paralyzed the metropolitan area.


WATERTOWN (WKOW) -- Gunshots were heard in Watertown, Mass., where authorities have been searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Police tell The Associated Press that shots have indeed been fired.

State police spokesman David Procopio says there is "renewed activity in Watertown related to today's events."

Police and military vehicles were seen speeding through town.

It's not clear whether authorities have found 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Massachusetts State Police say the at-large Boston Marathon bombing suspect fled on foot and they believe he does not have a car.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says mass transit service is resuming in Boston as well as the lockdown lifted for the close to 1 million people in the city.


MASSACHUSETTS (WKOW) -- The Associated Press has identified the surviving Boston Marathon bomb suspect as 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev who has been living in Cambridge, MA.

Authorities say the first suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in the Boston Marathon bombings, the one identified as wearing the black hat in photos, is dead. The Associated Press says he was killed by explosives, which may have been on his body.  He is the older brother of the two suspects.

Police are locking down neighborhoods in Boston and its western suburbs as they search for the remaining suspect.  They urge residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors.  Officials shut down all mass transit and remind residents to keep their doors closed. 

The Boston Police Department has released a description of what it is calling a possible suspect car. A Boston PD tweet says it is a gray 1999 Honda CRV, with Massachusetts license plate 316-ES9.

As of 6:33 a.m. Friday morning, police have been going door-to-door to find the suspect.  They have called him a "terrorist" who came here "to kill."

The Associated Press reports that the bomb suspects are brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya and have lived legally in the United States for at least one year.

It all started in Cambridge late Friday night as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer was shot and killed.

Soon after, police got reports of two armed men carjacking a Mercedes SUV in Cambridge.  Reports say a man who was in the vehicle was held for about a half hour and then released unharmed at a gas station in Cambridge.

Authorities say they initiated a police chase and some kind of explosive devices were tossed from the vehicle.  The police exchange gun fire with the suspects and a transit police officer is seriously injured.

Police say the first suspect was then critically injured and later pronounced dead, while the second suspect escaped and is still at large.

Stay with WKOW 27 News for more updated information as it becomes available.

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