Police think two cars were used in the Watertown shootout, when police closed in on the two brothers believed responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.
Investigator had initially thought the brothers used only one car during the night, in which they are accused of fatally shooting a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer before leading police on a rolling gunfight in nearby Watertown.
Police knew that the brothers carjacked a Mercedes 350 SUV after the driver had pulled over to answer a text message. Older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who would be killed in the gunfight with police, reportedly tapped on the window, and when the man rolled it down Tamerlan said he was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.
The man, a Chinese national, was made to drive around the area as the brothers withdrew money from his ATM.
“Don’t look at me!” Tamerlan said to the man, who went by Danny to reporters but withheld his Chinese name. “Do you remember my face?”
“No, no, I don’t remember anything,” Danny replied, though he noted he was taking scrupulou mental notes about everything he could.
Danny later took a split-second opportunity to escape, running away at an angle where the brothers would be unable to shoot at him.
In reconstructing the scene of the Watertown shootout, police now say a second car was involved as well, a green Honda the brothers drove to MIT before killing officer Sean Collier. That same car was believed to be parked on Laurel Street, in Watertown, during the brothers’ shootout with police.
Several people at the scene reported that the second car was present at the Watertown shootout, positioned behind the Mercedes. A report from NBC News about the second car did not go into detail on how it made it to the scene of the shootout, however.