The hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects culminated Friday night with the second Tsarnaev brother officially in custody, reports CBS Boston. Here’s what you need to know about the events that led up to his capture that started Thursday night with a fatal shooting at MIT.
1. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Was Caught Friday Night
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were identified early Friday morning as the Chechen brothers who are responsible for the bombing in Boston on Monday that left three dead. After a gunfight with police left the older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan dead and 19-year-old Dzhokhar on the loose, Dzhokhar was finally caught. In a press conference following the suspect’s capture in Watertown, Massachusetts, local authorities expressed their extreme gratitude and sense of relief. United States attorney Carmen Ortiz said that although Dzhokhar is in custody, there is still a lot of work to be done.
“For some of you it’s over tonight, but for me it’s just getting started,” Ortiz said.
2. The Brother’s Images Were Just Released to the Public on Thursday
The Boston Marathon bombing case gained momentum on Thursday after the FBI released video footage and still images of the suspects they believed are responsible for the attacks. The images showed two young men casually dressed holding backpacks near the finish line at the Boston Marathon where the bombs went off. One photo circulating the internet shows one of the suspects setting a backpack containing a bomb down next to one of the fatal victims, 8-year-old Martin Richard. The same night the images were released to the public, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot and killed on campus in Cambridge. The incident led authorities to the Tsarnaev brothers.
3. They Hijacked a Car and Held the Driver Hostage
Following the shooting at MIT, the bothers allegedly hijacked a car and police chased them to Watertown, about six miles away, in pursuit of the two suspects who were armed with a gun and some type of explosives. According to The New York Times, the suspects held captive the owner of the hijacked black Mercedes S.U.V., but let him go unharmed about 30 minutes later at a Shell gas station because he was not American. The owner of the hijacked vehicle left his phone in the car and police were able to track its GPS signal. When authorities caught up to the Mercedes, they exchanged gunfire and explosives were reportedly thrown from the vehicle. During the intense standoff, a police S.U.V. was shot by the suspects until it was severly damaged.
4. Suspect 1, Tamerlan, is Dead
Police eventually managed to tackle Tamerlan, who was critically injured, and was brought to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. Friday.
5. Watertown Was on Lockdown
Dzhokhar got back in the S.U.V. and fled the scene. Police spent the entire night and next day searching for the missing second Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Watertown and several surrounding communities went on lockdown for much of the next day. Schools were cancelled and businesses remained closed.
6. Tsarnaev Was Found Right After the Lockdown was Lifted
Just when authorities thought Tsarnaev was out of their reach, they located the suspect moments after they lifted the day-long lockdown on the town.
7. He Was Cornered in a Boat
Officials said that Tsarnaev was found after a man in the area reported blood leading to his boat in his backyard.
“A man had gone out of his house after being inside the house all day, abiding by our request to stay inside,” Boston police commissioner, Edward Davis, said at a news conference Friday night. “He walked outside and saw blood on a boat in the backyard. He then opened the tarp on the top of the boat, and he looked in and saw a man covered with blood. He retreated and called us.”
By using an infrared device, a helicopter confirmed that someone was indeed hiding in the boat–Tsarnaev. Police brought a negotiator to the scene and tried to lure the suspect out. Gunfire was exchanged, flash-bang grenades were used to disorient Tsarnaev and the boat caught fire. Police were then finally able to catch him.
8. The Crowd Applauded As He Was Custody
As Tsarnaev was taken into custody, crowds gathered in the town broke out into applause, happy that the threat in their neighborhood was taken out and that the people responsible for the horrendous attack on Monday were apprehended.
9. He is in Serious Condition at the Hospital
Tsarnaev was taken alive to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.
10. President Obama Reminded Us That It’s Been a Tough Week
President Barack Obama made a statement following the capture of the second suspect. He gave recognition to the law enforcement officials that worked so hard throughout the case and reminded us of the unfortunate events that transpired this week, starting with the bombing.
“All in all, it’s been a tough week,” Obama said.
Aside from the Boston bombing, a fertilizer plant in Texas exploded, killing many people and leaving the town of West in devastation.