Boston shaken by terrorist shootings and bombings overnight

crime | Apr 19, 2013 | By Martin Barillas


The Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority has suspended service throughout the Boston area while authorities have advised residents in five Boston suburbs to exercise caution as an extensive manhunt for a terrorist is still ongoing. NBC news reporter Pete Williams said overnight that his sources indicate that the two suspects shown in photos and videos provided by the FBI on April 18 have been living in the U.S. for at least one year. Following a shoot-out on the evening of April 18, one suspect is now confirmed dead. Another is at large and is the subject of one of the largest manhunts in Massachusetts history.
One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is now dead, another is at large, while another person is under arrest. 
Businesses have been asked to remain closed in Watertown MA where a 20-block area has been cordoned off by police as they search for the so-called “suspect #2” or “white hat suspect.” NBC reporter Williams said that his sources indicate that the two suspects have “international” ties and may have had military experience. Law enforcement says that he is armed and dangerous, and that residents in the area of concern should remain indoors.
Police in the Boston metropolitan area responded on the evening of April 18 to a fatal shooting of Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge. State police and federal law enforcement are involved in the manhunt for one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, who remains at large. One suspect, who was identified in photographs and video released on April 18 by the FBI, is now dead.
Police are urging caution and asking citizens in Watertown MA to remain indoors and only open their doors to uniformed police. A police spokes said that there is currently a "public security" situation. 
According to local police, a suspect at large is a "terrorist" who has come to the United States to "kill people." It was at approximately 10:20 p.m. April 18, that police received reports of shots fired on the MIT campus.  At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main streets in Cambridge MA. Media reports suggest that the officer's firearm was stolen by the suspects.  According to authorities, the officer was found with multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced dead.  
Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting and determined that two males were involved in this shooting. 
Shortly thereafter, law enforcement received 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 unharmed at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.   
Police immediately began a search for the vehicle and were in pursuit of the vehicle into nearby Watertown, a suburb of Boston.  At that time, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects.  The suspects and police exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets.  During this pursuit, an MBTA Police officer was seriously injured and transported to the hospital. 
During the pursuit, one suspect was critically injured and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Media reports suggest that he was wounded several times in the head by gunfire. An extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. Known for now as Suspect #2, he is believed to have explosive devices.  A witness said that he believed that the suspects used hand grenades, and then a larger explosive device resembling a pressure cooker, in the firefight with police officers.
Andrew Kitzenberg, a student residing in Watertown, tweeted photos of his front-row seat view of a shootout between law enforcement and the two bombing suspects. He reported that he saw one of the suspects fling a bomb resembling a pressure cooker that exploded on the scene. Kitzenberg also said that a bullet from the exchange of fire penetrated a wall in his apartment and into a roommate’s bedroom. The bullet penetrated the roommate’s chair and lodged in a wall. He had a clear view of the exchange of gunfire, and also could see that the suspects left several bags or bundles on the ground near the car behind which they had taken cover. Finally, said Kitzenberg, one of the suspects advanced towards officers while firing a weapon. The second suspect fled the scene in a SUV, driving directly through a cordon of officers. A robot was on the scene to examine a remaining vehicle for explosives.
Police will continue their search for possible explosive devices left behind by the terrorist suspects on their route between Cambridge and Watertown. Helicopters will oversee the search once there is sufficient daylight. 
According to a press release from Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middlesex District Attorney, "The case is being investigated by local, state and federal authorities working in cooperation.  The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad is assessing and removing any potentially explosive devices that may have been thrown on the street in Watertown by the suspects." Armed National Guard units are also on the scene. Police are mobilizing in armoured vehicles while police helicopters overhead are coordinating two police perimeters that have been formed around a 20-block area in Watertown. "The investigation remains active and ongoing."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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