The Hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: LIVE UPDATES

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Since early this morning, officials and law enforcement agencies have been chasing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon. We’ll be posting updates throughout the day. If you have any tips, email

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UPDATE 8:44 p.m. – SUSPECT 2 IS IN CUSTODY, reports WCVB.

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UPDATE 8:19 p.m. – Suspect covered in blood – WCVB.

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UPDATE 7:52 p.m. – More shots being fired, clearly audible from TV.

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UPDATE 7:45 p.m. – Suspect is alive – WCVB

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UPDATE 7:22 p.m. – Witness, Paul Sutherland, tells WCVB, he saw SWAT team turn on to Franklin Street. “They got the guy, hopefully…I didn’t see a body.”

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UPDATE 7:16 p.m. – Bomb squad being called to the scene, fears of suicide vest. – WCVB

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UPDATE 7:02 p.m. – To clarify, a body has been found, after gunfire, not confirmed if it is the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

UPDATE 6:58 p.m. – Body found in a backyard in Watertown, on Franklin Street, WCVB reporting it was found in a boat.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m. – WCVB reports “massive explosions” in Watertown.

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UPDATE 6:21 p.m. – “We cannot continue to lock down an entire city or entire state. This is a dangerous person who we believe has killed people.” – Col. Alben.

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UPDATE 6:19 p.m. – “My message to suspect is to give himself up, don’t inflict more violence.” – Col. Alben

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UPDATE 6:15 p.m. – “I don’t have direct knowledge that he is Boston-area, but his ties seem to be here.” – Col. Alben

UPDATE 6:15 p.m. – Suspects not involved in 7/11 robbery – Col. Alben

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UPDATE 6:12 p.m. – “We are where we were on Monday night, with some exceptions.” – Gov. Deval Patrick.

UPDATE 6:12 p.m. – “If you see him, do not act on your own. ‘We need continuing cooperation to solve this.” – Col. Alben.

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UPDATE 6:10 p.m. – “Based on what we know, we feel confident that we can return to living our lives. But remain vigilant.” – Gov Deval Patrick:

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UPDATE 6:07 p.m. – “We remain committed to this. We do not have the suspect, but we will.” – Col. Alben.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m. – “We do not have an apprehension of our suspect this afternoon” – Col. Alben of Massachusetts State Police

UPDATE 6:01 p.m. – “They were set up, FBI followed them for years.” – Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the Tsarnaev brothers, reports Russia Today. She said:

They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!

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UPDATE 5:56 p.m. – It costs Boston $333 million to shut down for the day, reports Bloomberg.

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UPDATE 5:38 p.m. – Expecting the police press briefing any minute now, was supposed to start at 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m. — According to CBS, when the two suspects ran from police, they threw another pressure cooker bomb out of their car window. In addition, there is a 10 inch gash on Tamerlan’s body and Dzhokhar may be wearing an explosive.

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. — A source on the ground in Boston told us this:

I woke up around 4:30 to check and see what the shootout situation was like. I heard sirens everywhere outside my window. Heard nothing from the school yet. Went back to sleep and woke up at 7:30 with this text/email from Boston College emergency alert:

BC Police Emergency. Due to public safety concerns, BC is closed and classes are cancelled until further notice. Remain indoors. Check

Then we got this:
BC Police Emergency: All students and local residents are asked to shelter in place until further notice. Please remain indoors. for updates.

UPDATE 4:51 p.m. — According to, Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been deported after his arrest.

UPDATE 4:46 p.m. — Here’s a video of the suspects’ mother, courtesy of RT:

UPDATE 4:40 p.m. — 911 Operate tweeted that 7 explosives were found, some in Cambridge, some in Watertown.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m. — According to Bostino, the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects aren’t suspected of the convenience store robbery, contrary to initial reports.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. — The Boston police will focus solely on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to NBC.

UPDATE 3:32 p.m. — Here’s what it looks like outside of the suspects home. From Buzzfeed:

UPDATE 3:28 p.m. — Bloomberg says that the bombing suspect went to a prestigious high school. Alumni include Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and E.E. Cummings.

UPDATE 3:14 p.m. — According to RT_America, the father of the suspects has told Russian media that “someone framed them.”

UPDATE 3:10 p.m. — Buzzfeed says a Harvard student worked with Dzhokar. “He was very much gung-ho about it and seeming very on top of his life,” she said. “He was very funny and happy and healthy seeming.”

UPDATE 2:58 p.m. — We’ve reached out to UMass Dartmouth to see if they could verify the claim. We’ll update you when they get back to us.

UPDATE 2:51 p.m. — CBS’s Anthony Mason says that a classmate SAW AND SPOKE to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev yesterday at the UMass — Dartmouth campus. Remember: If you see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, alert the authorities immediately.

UPDATE 2:41 p.m. — WCVB says police told them that search for second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, may take a few more hours.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m. — Here’s a picture of the Honda Civic officials were looking for.

UPDATE 2:11 p.m. — The Boston Globe is reporting that the FBI is looking for “4-door, green 1999 Honda Civic with Massachusetts plates 116GC7.” Suspect may be driving vehicle.

UPDATE 2:10 p.m. — According to this Twitter user, @j_tsar, the confirmed Twitter account of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, followed him, which means someone has access to his acccount.

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UPDATE 2:09 p.m. — According to WBZ, Dzhokhar drove over his older brother Tamerlan’s body to escape from the police last night.

UPDATE 1:52 p.m. — A Redditor uploaded an image of what he says is a picture of Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead in a morgue. TMZ says a source has confirmed that this image is authentic.


UPDATE 1:46 p.m. — According to ABCNews, 15 police in total hospitalized after shootout last night.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m. — UMass Dartmouth has been evacuated, according to their press conference happening now.

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UPDATE 1:23 p.m. — The AP is reporting that the FBI is in the home of the sisters of the suspects, in Northern New Jersey.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. — CBCNews says that the aunt of the two suspects, Dzohkhar and Tamerlan, says they’re innocent.

UPDATE 1:05 p.m. — reports that the police are about to detonate a controlled explosion on Norfold street near MIT.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m. — NBC says that the Tsarnaev brothers travelled to Russia last year, through NYC’s JFK Airport.

UPDATE 12:44 p.m. — According to reports, the rumors about there being more than two bombers is getting stronger:

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. — MA Police Chief says that there are new leads that have been developing over the past few minutes.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m. — Superintendent of Boston Police says that they are going house to house, searching for Dzhokar. In addition, there will be a controlled explosion in Cambridge as well. Next briefing in an hour, unless there are any updates. They are 60-70 percent of “what we want to cover in terms of search” but no apprehension yet.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. — CBS Boston says that Dzhokar became a citizen on September 11, 2012.

UPDATE 12:27 p.m. — Buzzfeed says Dzhokar Tsarnaev was a UMass Dartmouth student, NOT UMass Amherst.

According to NBC’s Pete Williams, authorities are thinking that there are more than just the two initial suspects, Dzhokar and his brother Tamerlan.

In addition, it seems like @j_tsar is Dzhokar’s real Twitter account, according to Buzzfeed and Brobible.