WATERTOWN, Mass—A Boston Marathon bombing suspect was killed in a shootout with Massachusetts authorities, a federal law-enforcement official said, and a manhunt was on for the second suspect—both of whom were believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer during a chaotic series of events Thursday night.
A Boston Marathon bombing suspect was killed in a shootout with Massachusetts authorities and a manhunt was on for the second suspect–both of whom were believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer.
A law-enforcement official said the bombing suspect who had been shown wearing a black baseball cap in photographs released Thursday was killed in a shootout with police officers. His identity wasn’t released. The second suspect, a “light-skinned or Caucasian” man with long curly hair and wearing a hoodie who police said was the bombing suspect identified wearing a white hat, was still at large on Friday morning. Police asked residents to stay in their homes, warning that the man was armed and dangerous.
Federal authorities haven’t confirmed the identity of either suspect.
“We believe this to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Chief Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”
The violence began around 10:20 p.m., when MIT officials said gunshots were reported on the Cambridge campus. Police said two male suspects fatally shot an MIT police officer in Cambridge, Mass., and then carjacked a Mercedes sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, keeping the vehicle’s owner hostage for about a half-hour. The victim was released at a gas station in Cambridge, authorities said. He wasn’t injured.
As police pursued the allegedly stolen vehicle, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from the car. One suspect was wounded, authorities said. The other fled.
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer was wounded during the exchange.
“Our immediate concern is for those people in that neighborhood up there,” said Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben. The at-large suspect “should be considered armed and dangerous and is a threat to anybody who might approach him.”
The Boston Marathon bombings on Monday killed three people and injured more than 170. Authorities said Thursday that they were searching for two men and released video and photographs of them.
Hundreds of police officers descended on the Cambridge and Watertown, Mass., areas as the violence unfolded Thursday night, authorities said. Residents said they heard loud explosions and gunfire.
Katie Blouin, 24 years old, of Watertown, said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and local police entered her house, searching before telling her boyfriend to lock the house’s doors.
“I’m shaking,” she said. “It just makes you so nervous.”
Adonis Karageorgis, a 35-year-old dental student who lives in Watertown, said he heard a loud explosion from his apartment’s balcony.
“I looked up and saw the sky light up,” he said. “You could smell the smoke.”
The MIT campus police officer wasn’t identified. The officer had multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement on the Middlesex County District Attorney’s website.
Shortly before midnight Thursday, police were gathered in Watertown, and a stretch of the campus near Vassar Street and Main Street in Cambridge was cordoned off. Police were searching through woods with dogs and flashlights.
Dozens of police officers gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital where the injured officer was reportedly taken. Officers directing traffic asked those who arrived in a panic: “friend or family.” A few officers wept openly as they hurried into the emergency room.
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