Here’s the shootout footage between the two suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, and police early this morning in Watertown, MA:
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Since late yesterday, when the FBI first released pics of the two suspects (top row below), we now have more enhanced pics (bottom row):
Suspect 1 (l) in black hat; Suspect 2 (r) in white hat
Suspect 1, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shoot-out with police early this morning in Watertown, MA, after he allegedly shot and killed an MIT policeman who had responded to a “disturbance” on campus.
Washington Post says the two men are brothers, ages 20 and 19, law enforcement officials said Friday morning. Their alleged motive in the bombings remains unknown.
CBS News says the brothers have been in the United States for about a year and that they are Turks from the Chechnya region. Washington Post says State Department officials said the family appears to have arrived in the U.S. legally. Chechnya is a rebellious republic in the southwestern tip of Russia in the Caucasus Mountains. More than 95% of the population are Chechens who are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims.
The AP has identified Suspect 2 as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.
Suspect 2 reportedly is still at large and may have exposives strapped on his body. A massive manhunt is underway in Watertown. Vehicle traffic in and out of Watertown is suspended, businesses are closed and residents must stay indoors.
People in Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge, and Allston/Brighton are under orders to stay indoors and keep businesses closed.
MIT, Harvard, Babson, and Emerson are closed today.
Suspect No. 2 has been taken alive, but wounded. See “Boston bombings suspect #2 taken alive.“
Suspect No. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Twitter feed suggests he’s an Obama supporter. In a retweet dated Nov. 7, he called Obama “my dawg.”
Anzor Tsarnaeve, the father of still at-large Suspect No. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, spoke to ABC News from his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala. Dad calls his sons “angels” and insists they are innocent; calls on Dzhokhar to give up peacefully; but warns the U.S. that if his son is killed “all hell will break loose.”
The two suspects reportedly had bragged about their bombing to the owner of a Mercedes SUV that the suspects carjacked last night at Third Street in Cambridge, MA. They forced the driver of the car to stop at several bank machines to withdraw money, and succeeded in taking $800 from one location. The driver, who was released unharmed on Memorial Drive, told police that the brothers had bragged to him that they were the marathon bombers, law enforcement authorities said.
Two law enforcement officials said they believe there is a “Chechen connection” to the bombings. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now dead, was a self-described “very religious” Muslim boxer who yearned for Chechen independence.
NBC says the two suspects have been in the United States for about two years, but Heavy.com says online footprints show they likely have been here since at least 2010. NBC’s Pete Williams says the suspect brothers are “legal permanent residents. … They appear to be from Turkey, possibly Chechens from Turkey. That seems to be the nationality here.” Records show Dzhokhar was registered to vote in Cambridge.
Here’s a photo of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from his social network account http://on.rt.com/6u8xcy pic.twitter.com/gGLNaCGIZO (Uploaded by Justin Wooster on Twitter @RT_com)
According to this list, Tsarnaev had received a $2,500 college scholarship from the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2011. He was Student Athlete of the Month in February 2011 at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
He apparently checked in this morning on his vk.com social media profile.
He posted this unintelligible video on YouTube:
~Eowyn & Steve