Friday, 19 April 2013

Boston marathon bombing suspect dead; link to MIT campus shooting

Boston marathon bombing suspect dead; link to MIT campus shooting, According to an April 19 report, Boston police have confirmed that Boston marathon bombing suspect 1, Djhokar Tsarnaez, 20, identified as “Suspect 1” is dead, while his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, identified as “Suspect 2” is still at large. The brothers, who are permanent residents in the United States, were born in Chechnya.

Djhokar was killed in a dramatic firefight with authorities early Friday morning in Boston, following the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus police officer on Thursday night and subsequent manhunt in nearby Watertown, Mass.

The Wall Street Journal reports that gunshots were heard on the MIT campus on Thursday night near the Ray and Maria State Center. An emergency notice on the school’s website advised students on campus to remain indoors.

According to Yahoo News, the MIT campus police officer was killed after responding to reports of the two a 7-Eleven robbery . The the bombing suspects robbed the 7-Eleven store in Cambridge and carjacked a Mercedes-Benz with the driver inside and fled, eventually letting driver go. They were later spotted in Watertown, where a dramatic firefight with police officers followed.

“Suspect 1” was shot by police and transported to Beth Israel Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. The second suspect fled on foot, leading to an ongoing manhunt. Boston Police confirmed at a press conference early Friday morning the man killed was identified as the same as “Suspect 1” in the Boston Marathon bombings. “Suspect 2” remains at large.

“We believe this to be a terrorist,” said Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him into custody.”

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