A lot went down as you were sleeping last night, Boston College. Sleepy students were awakened by a BC emergency text alert at about 6:30 a.m. A manhunt has shut down the city of Boston, the MBTA has stopped running, businesses are being asked to remain closed. With the horrors of Marathon Monday still fresh in our memories, it would seem those nightmares are not quite over.
The bombers are back in action.
Stay inside, Boston Police said this Friday morning, April 19 to everyone in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Allston, Brighton, and Boston proper.
Local and state police are on the hunt for suspect 2 from the Boston Marathon bombings in this area. He is said to be the person who was wearing a white cap at the marathon bombings but is now in a gray hoodie. Watch out, he is said to be armed and dangerous, possibly with more than one firearm. He is Caucasian with dark longer curly hair. Suspect 1 is known to be dead after a shootout during the night between Thursday and Friday.CBS Boston identified the dead suspect as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaey.
The surviving suspect, suspect 2, was identified as a 19-year-old named Dzhokhar Tsarnaey, according to the AP.
While the manhunt is said to be occurring in Watertown, about 3 to 4 miles away from Boston College, BC Text Alert sent out an emergency warning around 6:25 a.m via text message to students phones and via email. It read:
"BC Police Emergency. Due to public safety concerns, BC is closed and classes are cancelled until further notice. Remain indoors. Check www.bc.edu/bcinfo."
BCPD is monitoring the BC campus, according to a press release by the BC Office of News and Public Affairs. For the moment, BCPD said BC is safe, according to the statement. Gavel Media contacted BCPD at 7:45 a.m. asking whether they could provide an update on the safety of the campus, BCPD was unable to provide a statement.
Students should remain inside their dorm rooms and apartments until alerted otherwise, the statement said.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that the police believe this person to be a terrorist. "We believe this to be a man who has come her to kill people," he said at 4:30 a.m.
Thursday night, at around 10:30 p.m., The two suspects were traced to a 7/11 convenience store which they are caught in video robbing it-- the video footage was matched to the pictures and descriptions of the suspects from the marathon bombings. There was news of a shooting on MIT's campus in Cambridge. One MIT campus police officer was shot; he later died of his wounds around midnight. As of now, no one else is reported injured at MIT.
(The Marathon Bombing: Gunfights, Blasts, and a Manhunt Shut Down Boston)
They were traced to Watertown after allegedly carjacking a Mercedes SUV, according to Time. A shootout ensued, during which one MBTA police officer was severely injured. Time reports he is in critical condition in the Mt. Auburn hospital. Some explosives were said to be launched, suspect 1 (dark cap in the feature image) was killed during the firefight.
The suspects are allegedly brothers, according to the AP, from Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, but have lived in the United States for at least a year now. They allegedly studied at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and were recipients of scholarships, according to Boston.com
Read more here: MBTA is shut down and people in six communities told to stay inside as hunt for Marathon bombing suspect continues in Watertown.
Marion is a senior and double major in Communication and Economics. She's had a goal in pursuing journalism since high school and has been involved ever since.
In the past, she interned for The New England Center for Investigative Reporting and worked with Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Rochelle Sharpe on a story published in the Washington Post. She also interned for the West Roxbury-Roslindale Transcript, a local newspaper headed by GateHouse Media New England.
Originally from France, Marion has lived in a total of 6 countries, and now calls Boston her temporary home. She enjoys traveling and so has been able to see a good portion of Europe and Africa, as well as most of North America and Central America. In the future, Marion hopes she'll be traveling the world while writing for National Geographic.