Boston Marathon Bomber Dead: Two Brothers, Tamerlan Tzarnaev, 26, And Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, 19 Identified In Boston Marathon Bombings. Tamerlan Tzarnaev Killed In Manhunt
The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tzarnaev, 26 and Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, 19, that were identified by surveillance at the event were involved in a late-night firefight with police officers that has led to a complete shutdown of the Boston area and surrounding towns. Three people were killed in the Boston Marathon attacks, and 170 more were injured.
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The Tzarnaevs are brothers from Chechnya, and were confronted by police in Watertown, Massachusetts after robbing a Seven-Eleven, shooting and killing a responding MIT police officer, and carjacking a civilian's Mercedes Benz.
The police spotted the suspected terrorists and engaged them in a gun battle. Tamerlan Tzarnaev was shot in the chest during the gun battle, while Dzhokhar fled on foot. Tamerlan was brought to the hospital under cardiac arrest, with multiple gunshot wounds and "blast-like" injuries to his chest. Tamerlan did not survive his injuries. Richard H. Donahue Jr., a transit officer, was badly wounded during this shootout.
Dzhokhar fled on foot and is the subject of a manhunt involving all branches of authority. This morning Governor Deval Patrick ordered a complete shutdown of all public transit and residents of Watertown, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Newton, Allston and Brighton have been placed on lockdown.
Massachusetts state police colonel Timothy Alben said, "This situation is grave and we are trying to protect the public safety." Boston police commissioner Ed Davis, commenting on the massive hunt for Dzhokhar said, "We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him into custody."
The streets of Watertown are currently being scoured by police and FBI agents, and residents of the suburb are being told to turn off their cellphones so they do not accidentally trigger any improvised explosive devices, more commonly known as IEDs. These are the devices the Tzarnaevs set off at the marathon.