Boston, MA – A massive manhunt is on for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dkhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, who is considered armed and dangerous. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police overnight. Several Boston-area communities are in lockdown as police, including SWAT teams, conduct the search for the younger man. Heavily armed police officers are conducting door-to-door searches in some commercial areas and neighborhoods.
Developments in this active and intense search are rapidly unfolding minute by minute. Live feeds of the local television media coverage of the Boston bombing manhunt are embedded below.
The two suspects are reportedly from Chechnya, a Russian republic, which has been described in the news media as an area plagued by an Islamic insurgency.
Police officers are apparently conducting an intense search for another “person of interest,” described as a relative of the two brothers. Authorities are also reportedly on the lookout for a grey Honda CRV.
Boston media reported that the suspects killed an MIT police officer and wounded a transit officer early this morning “in a wild chase that involved explosives and gunfire, authorities said.” The gunfight occurred in Watertown, Mass., after the suspects carjacked a Mercedes SUV. The suspects also attempted to rob a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In addition to Watertown and Boston, the surrounding communities of Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, and Belmont are under a “shelter-in-place” order, meaning that all residents are asked to stay home with their doors locked. All taxi service and mass transit has been suspended in Boston. Local universities such as Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, and Suffolk have shut down for the day. Local businesses have also been urged to close during the ongoing search. Many middle schools and high schools in the area happen to be closed this week for spring break.