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April 18, 2013 11:07 AM Boston Bombing: One Suspect Dead, One On the Run

By Rhiannon M. Kirkland

UPDATE: Ruslan Tsarni, the instantly famous uncle of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, spoke at a sort of impromptu press conference, and advised his surviving nephew to turn himself in:

It has been a surreal, chaotic night and morning. After yesterday’s release of photos of the two suspected bombers things developed rapidly. One of the two suspects is dead and the FBI are currently running an enormous manhunt for the other.

The two suspects are reported to be brothers. The oldest is 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in the shootout. The younger brother is 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who is still at large. Dzhokhar was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The brothers may possibly have ties to Chechnya.

It all started last night at around 10 p.m. when a 7/11 near the Cambridge campus of MIT was held up. An MIT police officer was shot and killed while responding to the robbery. This was followed by “reports of an armed carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour. The victim was released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured.” This was followed by a pursuit of the stolen car during which the suspects threw explosives in the direction of officers and exchanged gunfire. A second officer was seriously injured.

Slate reports that this morning police are searching the town of Watertown for the younger brother, but “are now asking all Boston-area residents to stay inside, effectively leaving the entire city in lockdown. City officials have suspended all transit services while the manhunt continues.”

For a timeline of events, see this from AP. For some background on Chechnya, see this from TNR. For a slideshow of pictures from the manhunt, see this from the New Yorker.

Rhiannon M. Kirkland is an intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • bos'n on April 19, 2013 1:26 PM:

    When I learned of the Boston bombing, I wanted the perpetrators to be drawn & quartered. However, I am disturbed by the immediate assumption of guilt, brought on by an aggressive manhunt. The reporting is fragmentary & is being produced in a near hysterical atmosphere. As a New Yorker, I'm well aware law enforcement can make mistakes, innocent people can be caught in crossfire, the police can blame others for their own mistakes. I suggest everyone calm down & hope that law enforcement will do the right thing.

  • smartalek on April 20, 2013 1:20 AM:

    They did, as most readers probably know by now:
    The younger "Suspect #2" was found -- called in by an alert citizen within 10-20 minutes after the "shelter-in-place" suggestion (not quite the "lockdown" everyone so blithely refers to) was called off -- and taken into custody alive, and with no further loss of citizen or law-enforcement lives.
    That's a near-miracle, under the circumstances, and about the best outcome that could possibly have been hoped for, as of this afternoon.
    Thank whatever powers there may be for such mercies.
    Now as long as nobody goes Jack Ruby on the kid (19 years old, ffs!), we might actually learn something useful.