Tonight, there appears to be a major development in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Several hours ago, someone shot and killed an MIT security guard. This set off a vast manhunt for the killers.
They apparently carjacked several vehicles including a State Police SUV, from which they threw explosives. That began a chase that has led to a massive shootout in the Boston suburb of Watertown between the suspects and police. I’m reading tweets based on the Boston police scanner which indicate that grenades and automatic weapons have been involved, along with explosions. There’s a major fight to the death going down.
A second police officer has apparently been wounded. There is also a report of a possible bomb in the roadway with the bomb squad responding. The police have established a very wide perimeter in the neighborhood. Officers have been ordered to power down their cell phones due to the possibility they might ignite explosives.
The police scanner now reports one suspect is in custody and being transported to Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. Another suspect is “down on the ground” and not yet in custody. By this, I presume they mean the suspect has been wounded or killed and they’re leery of approaching in the event of a booby-trap (my speculation).
I should add that all of what I’m reporting comes from my Twitter feed, which means it’s interesting and suggestive, but not definitive. Further, the connection to the Marathon appears solid, but isn’t confirmed. Finally, a number of scanner related tweets have called the suspects “Middle Eastern.” This is again unconfirmed, but suggestive. Pictures of the suspects released by police earlier today confirm this visually. Though again, it’s not confirmed definitively.
More to come.
UPDATE: Twitter updates indicate that only one suspect is in custody as of 11:10PM Pacific. There is a massive manhunt for a second suspect.