Crowds Cheer Along Streets As Boston Police Capture Bombing Suspect
BOSTON, Mass. (CBS News) — The first clue that police had finally captured the Boston bombing suspect came when officers and onlookers began to cheer and clap.
Crowds of people had gathered around the Watertown, Mass., property where police believed 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Police said the teen was hiding in a boat behind a house.
After nearly a nearly two-hour standoff, Tsarnaev was taken from the scene by ambulance to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where sources said he is being treated for injuries suffered before Friday night’s standoff.
The first confirmations came a little bit before 9 p.m. Boston time.
“Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info,” wrote the Boston Police Dept on Twitter. It received over 75,000 retweets.
“We got him, thank god we got him,” Boston Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ Radio.
Massachusetts residents and reporters crowded around the Watertown home as people heard gunshots fired in the area around 6:50 p.m. A flurry of police activity then erupted moments after authorities wrapped up a press conference. They announced a day-long lockdown in Watertown, Boston and several surrounding communities was over.
More loud bangs were heard an hour later.
After police announced Tsarnaev’s capture, people continued to line the streets and clap as local and federal law enforcement official drove away from the scene.
While happy about the outcome, officials took a somber tone remembering those who lost their lives in a press conference shortly after the capture.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with their families,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
“Tonight we’re all going to rest easy,” she added.
Tsarnaev had been on the run since FBI identified he and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, as suspects in the Monday marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 180 spectators and runners, including an 11-year-old Bay Area boy, Aaron Hern of Martinez. The brothers are also suspected of killing an MIT police officer as he sat in his vehicle Thursday night.
Tamerlan was killed during a firefight and car chase with police late Thursday.
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