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Chaos in Watertown

Violent incidents early Friday, including the shooting death of a college police officer, kept Bostonians on edge just days after the bombing of the iconic Boston Marathon.

It was later discovered the man who died in a shootout with officers was one of the suspects from Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. To read more about the bombings and the investigation, click here.

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Massachusetts State Police Release Images of Suspect in Boat

Massachusetts State Police release images of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev hiding in the boat in a backyard of Watertown on April 19, 2013.
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Despite being seriously wounded and heavily sedated, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is answering brief questions from authorities by nodding his head, a source with first-hand knowledge of the investigation told CNN Monday.

Authorities are asking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev whether there are more bombs, explosives caches or weapons, and whether anyone was helping him and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the source said.

Investigators are going into Tsarnaev’s room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston every few hours to ask questions in the presence of doctors, the source said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what information he may be communicating to investigators.

Tsarnaev, who is on a ventilator and restrained, has been hospitalized since authorities took him into custody Friday night after finding him hiding in a boat in the back yard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home.

While Tsarnaev, 19, has not yet been charged with a crime, investigators believe he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were behind the attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died early Friday at a hospital after a shootout with police.

While authorities say Bostonians can rest easier now that the two suspects are accounted for, nagging questions hinder any total sense of security: Why would the assailants want to kill or maim throngs of innocent civilians, and could this happen again?

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have asked Bostonians and residents in the rest of the state to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. Monday, exactly a week after the twin explosions near the marathon’s finish line. Bells will toll one minute later to honor the victims of the tragedy that traumatized the city.

Also Monday, memorial services are scheduled for bombing victims Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu.

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While in Watertown, Massachusetts covering the manhunt for the Boston bombing suspect, Eric Rucker talked to a French reporter who reacts to the police presence and community reaction to the capture.

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Sibling Dynamics at Play in the Boston Attacks


Counterterrorism experts are familiar with the story. An older brother figure who converts others and leads the planning.

While the details are still being uncovered in the Boston bombings, there is strong indication that’s what happened here.

Maybe more so in this case, the suspects lived in America, without their father, for more than a decade.

In the 9-11 attacks, 6 of the 19 hijackers who took part were brothers. And, like we saw this week in Boston, the men are difficult to spot.


Two brothers, one of them killed by authorities, the other finally tracked down following a citywide manhunt.

Both men allegedly behind the Boston bombings are reportedly of Chechen decent, putting the focus back on Russia’s troubled region and what this means for the future of U.S. policies.

Representative Tom McClintock does not want to speculate.

“The first report said this involved a Saudi national and that began to call into question whether this was part of a larger international coordination,” said McClintock. “From The little I have seen of this, there doesn’t seem to be a coordination with a foreign government.”

McClintock says any foreign government involvement would be a game change like after 9/11.

Post 9/11, Chechnya was in the spotlight.  The area has been the target of an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars dating back to the 1990s.

The mass attacks in 2001 ultimately led the U.S. to a decade of war.

Congressman McClintock is not willing to go that far in this case.

“I don’t want to get into that speculation until we know what motivated these individuals and until we know if there were others involved,” said McClintock


“We certainly want to make sure that people do understand the difference. There is an ethnic difference between Russians and Chechens,” said Sergey Terebkov, president of the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce.

The two countries have had a love hate relationship over the years, with radical Chechens bombing Russia. One example, a 2010 Moscow subway bombing that killed 40 and injured more than 100.

“I was very concerned also that this conflict between Chechnya separatists and Russian governments somehow spilled over to the United States and to this community,” said Terebkov.

Terebkov says the Russian separatists in many cases are linked and funded by Al-Qaeda, but this is where his concern comes in. There is fear the Slavic-American community could get the same backlash as Arab-Americans did after 9-11.

“I am concerned that people from Chechnya are going to be viewed as potential terrorists that they are going to be stereotypically viewed as negative.”

Terebkov says many Slavic-Americans fled their homeland for America to get away from religious persecution. They are good people who are just as sickened by what happened as natural-born Americans.

He added, “Condolences and our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims and the police man who got killed.”


Officers in a Watertown, Massachusetts neighborhood where the second suspect was found and taken into custody.
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WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (CNN)-

The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday night, bringing to an end a massive manhunt that virtually shut down the Massachusetts capital amid warnings the man was possibly armed with explosives.

Law enforcement officials told CNN that authorities have confirmed the man in custody is 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who escaped a shootout with police in suburban Watertown that left his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the other man wanted in the bombings — dead.

The younger Tsarnaev was in need of undisclosed medical care, the officials said.

After announcing on Twitter the suspect was in custody, Boston police tweeted “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”

The arrest came less than a week after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, shocking the nation and leaving a city on edge.

Tsarnaev was cornered late Friday on a boat in a yard of Watertown, a suburb of Boston.

Authorities “engaged” the man, according to one of the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, just minutes after authorities indicated a manhunt for the suspect appeared to come up empty.

A CNN crew near the scene heard about two dozen gunshots fired, but it was not clear if the shots were fired by the suspect, authorities or both. A number of small explosions, believed to be stun grenades, also were heard.

Authorities, using a bullhorn, called on the suspect to surrender: “Come out with your hands up.”

The development came after authorities cast a wide net for the suspect that virtually shut down the Massachusetts capital amid warnings the man was possibly armed with explosives.

Bob Sakowitch was among a number of people who fled as shots were fired.

“It was unbelievable the amount of gunshots. I was scared. I was across the street. We all ran for cover,” he said. “… I wouldn’t ever want to see this again. It was bad.”

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Massachusetts State Police say this is one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects who is still on the run.
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More than 22 hours after the search focused on the younger brother, police officers in full body armor, carrying automatic weapons wrapped up their door-to-door search of the area, Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police said.

Gov. Deval Patrick, meanwhile, lifted an order that confined an estimated one million residents to their homes, urging people to “remain vigilant.”

Bombing connection

The violence and subsequent manhunt began late Thursday just hours after the FBI released photos of the two suspects in the marathon bombings.

“Investigators are recovering a significant amount of homemade explosives” from the scene of the shootout, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio told CNN.

It was not immediately clear what explosives were recovered, but the discovery followed a tense night in which authorities say the brothers allegedly hurled explosives at pursuers after killing an officer and hijacking a car.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was wearing explosives and a triggering device when he died, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN on condition of anonymity.

The search followed a violent night in which authorities say the two men allegedly hurled explosives at pursuers after killing Massachusetts Institute of Technology police Officer Sean Collier and hijacked a car.

With more than 200 rounds of ammunition and a number of explosives thrown during the chase and gunbattle, Patrick said the lockdown was necessary.

The manhunt brought Boston and its surrounds to a near standstill. The Boston Red Sox announced they were postponing Friday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals “to support efforts of law enforcement officers.” NHL’s Boston Bruins also postponed its game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The city’s subway, bus, Amtrak train and Greyhound and regional Bolt Bus services were shut down. Taxi service across the city also was suspended for a time during the manhunt. Every Boston area school was closed.

Boston’s public transit authority sent city buses to Watertown to evacuate residents while bomb experts combed the surroundings for possible explosives.

Initially, authorities said the brothers started their rampage by robbing a convenience store. By late Friday, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office backtracked on the allegation, saying an investigation determined that the robbery at a 7-Eleven was unrelated.

Officer killed

In Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston, MIT officer Collier was shot and killed while he sat in his car, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

The two suspects, according to authorities, then hijacked a vehicle at gunpoint in Cambridge, telling the driver that they were the marathon bombers, a law enforcement source told CNN on condition of anonymity.

At some point, apparently at a gas station, that source said, the driver escaped.

Police, who were tracking the vehicle using its built-in GPS system, picked up the chase in Watertown. The pursuit went into a residential neighborhood, with the suspects throwing explosives at police.

A shootout erupted and ultimately one bomber — later identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev — got out of the car. Police shot him, and his brother ran over him as he drove away, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Richard H. Donohue Jr., 33, a three-year veteran of the transit system police force, was shot and wounded in the incident and taken to a hospital, a transit police spokesman said Friday. The officer’s condition was not immediately known.

Another 15 police officers were treated for minor injuries sustained during the explosions and shootout, Jennifer Kovalich, a spokeswoman for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, said.

Suspects background

Police believe the brothers are the same men pictured in images released Thursday by the FBI as suspects in the marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded dozens on Monday.

The men are shown in the images walking together near the marathon finish line.

The first suspect — apparently Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to authorities — appears in the images wearing a dark hat, sunglasses and a backpack. The second suspect, wearing a white cap, is the one who remains at large, police said.

But the mother of the Tsarnaev brothers refused to believe they were involved in the marathon bombings and subsequent shootout.

“It’s impossible for them to do such things. I am really telling you that this is a setup,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told state-run Russia Today from Dagestan.

“My son would never keep it in secret. …If there is anyone who would know it would be me. He wouldn’t hide it. But there was never a word.”

The brothers came from the Russian Caucasus region and moved to Kazakhstan at a young age before coming to the United States several years ago.

“My youngest was raised from 8 years in America. My oldest was really properly raised in our house. Nobody talked about terrorism,” their mother said.

The suspects’ parents recently returned to Dagestan in the Caucasus region after living in the United States for about 10 years because they were “nostalgic,” the father, Anzor Tsarnaev, told Russian state-run Zvezda TV.

He accused someone of framing his sons. “I don’t know who exactly did it. But someone did.”

A federal official told CNN that Dzhokar Tsarnaev came to the U.S. as a tourist with his family in the early 2000s and later asked for asylum. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2012. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was not a naturalized citizen, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He came “a few years later” and was lawfully in the United States as a green-card holder.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had studied at Bunker Hill Community College and wanted to become an engineer, according to those who knew him. He then took a year off to train as a boxer.

‘I don’t understand them’

The official said that a posting on a social media site in the elder brother’s name included the comments: “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.”

Dzhokar Tsarnaev attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin, a public high school, said Eric Mercado, who graduated a year behind the suspect. Mercado said Tsarnaev had worked at Harvard University as a lifeguard.

“We hung out; we partied; we were good high school friends,” Mercado told CNN.

“We’re all, like, in shock. We don’t really understand. There were no telltale signs of any kind of malicious behavior from Dzhokar. It’s all coming as a shock, really.”

Mercado said he lived a block away from the suspect and did not know his older brother.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev is currently registered as a student at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which ordered its campus evacuated on Friday. The school is located 65 miles south of Cambridge, just west of New Bedford.

Larry Aaronson, Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s neighbor and a former teacher at the high school Tsarnaev attended, called him a “wonderful kid.”

“He was so grateful to be here, he was compassionate, he was caring, he was jovial,” Aaronson told CNN.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who officers are looking for, and his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed Thursday night.


FBI agents interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the 26-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed following a gunfight with authorities overnight — in 2011 at the request of foreign government, an FBI official said Friday.

The other government — who the official would not name — suspected that Tsarnaev may have ties to extremist groups.

The FBI investigated, including interviewing Tsarnaev, but the matter was closed after no derogatory information was found, according to the official.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokar, are believed to have placed explosive devices along the last bit of the Boston Marathon route Monday. The younger brother fled after the gunfight Thursday night, and is possibly cornered by law enforcement Friday night.

From CNN’s Carol Cratty and Joe Johns

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Officers surround a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, and have possibly cornered a suspect wanted in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
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WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (CNN)-

A person believed to be Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the suspect in this week’s Boston Marathon bombings, is cornered on a boat in a yard in Watertown, Massachusetts, law enforcement officials said.

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There were multiple explosions Friday night near where authorities have engaged a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, CNN crews reported from Watertown, Massachusetts.

Several shots were heard Friday afternoon, however there is no word if Tsarnaev or anyone else was injured. Paramedics are onscene.

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Gunshots heard in Neighborhood of Manhunt for Bombing Suspect

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Several gunshots were heard Friday evening in an area of Watertown, Massachusetts where officers were looking for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

WPIX’s reporter heard the shots, and is reporting that there is a big increase in the amount of activity at a side street. Deputy cars and other officers responded quickly after the shots were heard.

It is not clear at this time, what happened and who fired the shots. Boston Police will only say there are “police operations” in Watertown. A federal law enforcement official told CNN they have engaged with the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

About an hour before the gunshots were heard, the Governor lifted a “stay in place” order that had kept Watertown, and most of Boston at a standstill all day Friday.

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