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Suspect in Boston bombing dead; city under lockdown order as manhunt continues
This image released by the FBI shows the two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing. (FBI.gov)
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BOSTON, April 19 (Reuters) - Police emptied the streets of suburban Watertown on Friday in a house-by-house search for a second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, after killing his brother in a shootout. The night of shooting and explosions in the streets followed the authorities' release on Thursday of video footage of the two suspects. Here is a timeline of events:
Thursday, about 5:10 p.m.
The FBI releases photographs and video of two men suspected of planting the pressure cooker bombs that killed three people and injured 176 at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Video footage shows a man known as suspect No. 1 wearing a dark baseball cap. He was later identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. Suspect No. 2, later identified as Tsarnaev's brother, Dzhokhar, 19, was wearing a white cap backwards in the images. The 30-second videos are played repeatedly on national television, and photographs of the suspects are posted online.
Thursday night at 9:04 p.m.
Russian language social networking site VK shows someone logged for the last time out of what appears to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's page. The site had been accessed via mobile device.
Thursday night around 10:20 p.m.
Two men rob a convenience store at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. Shortly after, shots are fired in the area.
Police discover MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, 26, shot multiple times in his car in an apparent confrontation with the suspects. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced dead.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Police say the two brothers carjack a Mercedes SUV. The owner of the car is held hostage for about a half hour and is then released. Police chase the SUV into the Boston suburb of Watertown. During the chase, the suspects throw explosives from the car and exchange gunfire with police.
A transit police officer is hurt in the shootout. Witnesses report hearing dozens of gunshots.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev is hit during the shootout. He is taken into custody, transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
Before 1 a.m. Friday
A huge manhunt is launched for the second suspect and hundreds of police officers and FBI agents descend on Watertown.
Between 3 and 4 a.m.
Massachusetts police announce they will conduct a door-to-door search in Watertown. Citizens are warned to stay indoors.
Around 5:30 a.m.
Train service in Boston is suspended.
Massachusetts officials announce they have expanded the shelter-in-place recommendations for the entire city of Boston, effectively putting the city in lockdown as they search for Tsarnaev.
Police say they have located a gray Honda CRV with Massachusetts license plates in the Boston area that they believe had been occupied by a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Shortly after 10:45 a.m.
Top security and counterterrorism advisers finish an hourlong briefing with President Barack Obama in the White House Situation Room on developments in the Boston manhunt. Compiled based on media reports, official statements from law enforcement and Reuters reporting. All times Eastern Daylight Time.
"We believe this to be a terrorist," Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis said. "We believe this to be a man who came here to kill people."
All of Boston, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton, Waltham and Belmont are under a "shelter-in-place" order, with orders for all residents to stay home with doors locked. Do not open the door for anyone other than a licensed law enforcement officer, said Gov. Deval Patrick. The entire MBTA system has been shut down.
SWAT teams, machine guns drawn, were going door-to-door in Watertown. Blood was found behind one building and a police chemist was testing it.
The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he "may be armed and dangerous."
A man who described himself as an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, said the suspects are brothers who have been in the country since 2001.
When his wife showed him the picture of the suspects, he was "shaking."
"Anger, anger, anger. I can't come up with the words," Tsarni said when asked for his response to the terrorist attacks his nephews are accused of. "Unhuman."
A man who described himself as a friend of the suspects, Ahdi Moro, 22, of Watertown, said the two attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.
"I was pretty shocked," Moro said. "I would never think anything like that of them. They were good kids."
He said the older brother was a Golden Gloves boxer who is now the father of a 2-year-old and Dzhokhar was an all-star wrestler.
"He was a really quiet kid," Moro said. "He was very popular at school, like, the most popular kid at school. He was a really good-looking kid. He's as American as anybody. He grew up here. He's like a regular Cambridge kid."
He said the older brother was big and tough, and remembered how, on the first day of school, he was "picked on" by three kids _ and beat up all three.
"These kids grew up around violence," Moro said. "They were always not scared of anything."
State Police Col. Timothy Alben said the slain man was Suspect No. 1 in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings and the man police are seeking is Suspect No. 2, the man in the white hat seen in images released Thursday by the FBI. The fugitive was described as armed and dangerous, as police set a 20-block perimeter bordered by Arsenal Street and Mount Auburn Avenue. All vehicular traffic has been banned in Watertown.
A new photo of the man thought to be Suspect No. 2, taken from store video in a Cambridge 7-Eleven Friday night, showed him in a gray hoodie sweatshirt.
The chaotic, violent chain of events began with a report of shots fired on the MIT campus at about 10:20 p.m. Friday, according to a narrative released by the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer was found with multiple gunshot wounds in his vehicle near Vassar and Main streets. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Police then received reports of a carjacking at gunpoint by two men in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The driver was held in the car by the suspects for about a half hour before he was released unharmed at a gas station on Memorial Drive.
Dozens of police who had converged on the initial MIT scene near Kendall Square after the shooting raced toward Watertown shortly before 1 a.m. Police had tried to pull over a carjacked vehicle, resulting in one suspect shot and 33-year-old MBTA officer Richard H. Donahue Jr. wounded. A manhunt was launched for the suspect who fled, with heavily armed SWAT teams and uniformed cops with their handguns drawn spreading through the area.
One suspect was critically injured in the course of the chase and died in a local hospital.
Police in Watertown were shouting warnings that the suspects were "throwing explosives," and warned about "unexploded ordinance" on the street.
Marylynn Martin, 24, who lives in Watertown, was sleeping with her 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter in the pre-dawn hours.
"First I heard the gunshots and then I heard the explosion," Martin said. "All of a sudden police swarmed the area, so I came out and they told me to get back in. They were swearing. 'Get the (expletive) inside!' I looked out back and there were 20 officers. It was upsetting to see SWAT and police everywhere."
Friday morning while the search continued, and warnings for people to stay inside were repeated, the State Police Bomb Squad was at work removing possible explosive devices believed to have been thrown from the car in Watertown.
Earlier reports continue bellow.