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1 Marathon Bomb Suspect Said To Be Dead; Hunt On For Other

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
April 19, 2013

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 4:50 a.m. ET.)

One of the two young men suspected in the bombings at the Boston Marathon was reportedly killed early Friday in a gun exchange with police in Watertown, Mass. Authorities said the other suspect was at large and were warning people in the area to stay inside.

The dramatic series of events began to unfold late Thursday, when a campus police officer at MIT was shot and killed. Minutes later, officials say, an SUV was carjacked in Cambridge, Mass.

That SUV was driven to Watertown. There, authorities say, the suspects threw explosives at police and exchanged gunfire. One of the two — known as “black hat” for the cap he was seen wearing at the marathon — was shot and later died. The other, “white hat,” fled the area and was being sought.

We’re following the story and updating as news comes in.

Update at 4:45 a.m. ET. “Black Hat” Is Dead, Officials Say:

The bombing suspect known as “black hat” for the color of the cap he was seen wearing at the marathon was killed in the exchange of gunfire with police in Watertown, sources with knowledge of the events tell NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston.

Update at 4:35 a.m. ET. Prosecutor’s Account Of The Events.

“From the Middlesex County DA’s Office:

“Police are investigating a fatal shooting of MIT campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge, Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas, and MIT Police Chief John DiFava announced this evening.

“At approximately 10:20 p.m. April 18, 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. According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing multiple gunshot wounds.

“He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced deceased.

“Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting. The investigation determined that two males were involved in this shooting.

“A short time later, police 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 at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured.

“Police immediately began a search for the vehicle and were in pursuit of the vehicle into Watertown.

“At that time, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The suspects and police also 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 transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.”

Update at 4:20 a.m. ET. Authorities Say 1 Suspect Is Dead, Other Is At Large:

Col. Timothy P. Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, just told reporters that after the shooting at MIT, an SUV was hijacked in Cambridge, Mass. Police in Watertown pursued the vehicle. Explosives were thrown from that SUV and shots were exchanged.

The district attorney in Middlesex County, Mass., has released a statement saying that “one suspect was critically injured and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”

The other suspect is said to be at large and authorities have released a photo of him. The state police say he resembles “suspect No. 2″ in the bombings.

Update at 4 a.m. ET. Too Soon To Say For Sure If There’s A Connection:

A source with knowledge of the situation tells NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston that the situation is fluid and that it’s too soon to say for certain whether or not the individuals involved in the events that began at MIT and have extended into Watertown are related to the marathon bombings.

Update at 3:55 a.m. ET. Residents Warned To Stay Inside; Door-To-Door Search Expected.

The Massachusetts State Police have posted these messages on Twitter:

– “Residents in and around Watertown should stay in their residences. Do NOT answer door unless it is an identified police officer.”

– “If any concerns about someone at door, call 911 immediately. Repeat–Do not answer door, stay away from windows, keep doors locked.”

– “Police will be going door by door, street by street, in and around Watertown. Police will be clearly identified. It is a fluid situation.”

Update at 3:50 a.m. ET. From The Associated Press:

“The chaos in Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston, occurred just hours after a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot and killed on campus. It was unclear if the outbursts of violence were related. …

“The officer had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney’s office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.

“Meanwhile, in Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.”

[Copyright 2013 NPR]

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