The Boston area was on lockdown Friday morning after a police shootout in the suburb of Watertown overnight, in which one of two suspects in the bombings at the Boston marathon was killed, according to various media reports. The hunt for the second continued early Friday morning.
An expanding masssive manhunt quickly intensified for a young man described as a highly dangerous and armed terrorist. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters.
Police believe the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a dramatic getaway attempt in a long night of violence, the Associated Press reported.
One witness to the shootout is from Edina, and he posted a photo of bullet holes in a chair and wall in his apartment, Patch reported.
The Associated Press reported that the Boston bomb suspects were believed to be brothers from a Russia region near Chechnya and had lived in U.S. at least one year.
Massachusetts transit was shut down and Boston-area schools and colleges were closed Friday, WCVB in Boston reported. Law enforcement officers flooded into Watertown, where no vehicle traffic was being allowed, people were told to stay in their homes and businesses were told not to open. Nearby suburbs and neighborhoods in Boston were also being searched.
The clashes with police apparently began a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men. Police said a robbery at a convenience store near MIT led police to chase the two suspects and led to the shootout, the Boston Globe reported.