One Boston bombing suspect dead, another on the run

The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle reports on the latest news from Boston… 

Boston bombing suspects captured on CCTV

Boston bombing suspects captured on CCTV

It has been confirmed that one of the suspects in Monday’s Boston marathon bombings has been shot dead by police, while another is on the run. People in the Watertown area have been warned that the second man is armed and extremely dangerous. They have also sealed off a twenty block area where they believe the suspect is hiding.

The shooting followed a violent standoff with police early this morning, local time.Police were called to a suspicious incident at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge late last night. However, policeman was shot dead on campus. A car pursuit then ensued. A SUV was hijacked and explosives were thrown from it; during the course of this one of the suspects is thought to have fatally injured. He was taken to the Beth Israel hospital where he went into cardiac arrest before he got to the emergency room. The man has not been confirmed as one of the suspects by hospital doctors; it is not known whether police talked to him before he died.

Middlesex County’s district attorney’s office has just released a statement in the last few moments. It reads:

“Police are investigating a fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge, Middlesex, Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas, and MIT Police Chief John DiFava announced this evening.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. April 18, police received reports of shots fired on the MIT campus. At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main streets. According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced deceased.

Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting. The investigation determined that two males were involved in this shooting.

A short time later, police received reports of an armed carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour. The victim was released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured.

Police immediately began a search for the vehicle and were in pursuit of the vehicle into Watertown. At that time, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from the car by the suspects. The suspects and police also exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets. During this pursuit, an MBTA Police officer was seriously injured and transported to the hospital.

During the pursuit, one suspect was critically injured and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.”

Locals in Watertown are being advised to stay indoors and not, under any circumstances, answer their door, while police search for the second man. People are being advised not to go to work, and transport services have been suspended in the area.

The two men are believed to have been identified from CCTV as the two men who placed bombs at the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon. The resulting explosions killed three people and wounded more than 170. Three victims were named as 23 year old Chinese student Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell (29) and eight-year-old Martin Richard.

*Lead image via abcnews, featured image via malaysiandigest

The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle reports on the latest news from Boston… 

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