Boston Bombing: WNYC's Full Coverage

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The 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and alleged accomplice dead.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been holed up in a boat in a Watertown neighborhood. The crowd gathered near the scene let out a cheer when spectators saw officers clapping.

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They later wrote, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted "We got him," along with a photo of the police commissioner speaking to him.

President Barack Obama spoke from the White House briefing room shortly after law enforcement officials took Tsarnaev into custody.  He said the capture of the suspect closes what he described as "an important chapter in this tragedy."

He also said there are still many unanswered questions about the Boston bombings, including whether the two men had help from others. He is urging the public to not rush to judgment about their motivations.

Fear, Indifference, Bluster: New Yorkers React to Boston Bombings

The bombings earlier this week and the subsequent manhunt have placed Boston in the international spotlight. But New York is still on its guard, as are some residents.

"I'm frightened," said Joe Hendricks, 71, who was walking his dog in Sunnyside, Queens. "I'm frightened that the next stop is going to be here. Particularly since they could've just been testing it to see if it works. In Boston. At a big event. Just imagine doing it here in New York City."

But nearby a 90-year-old man was unphased. "I'm not afraid. I was in the Second World War, I've seen enough. I'm not afraid of nothin'!" A group of Muslim worshipers, however, suggested that religious profiling was on their minds.


In New Jersey, Sister of Suspects Questioned by Authorities

(Photo: Law enforcement officials walk into the New Jersey home of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' sister. Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC)

The sister of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is speaking with authorities in New Jersey at this hour. As WNYC's Sarah Gonzalez reports, several blocks in West New York, New Jersey, have been cordoned off around the sister's home:

Federal authorities have confirmed that she is the sister of the suspects, police director told me that. Here outside of her home is the sheriff's department and local police. They say she is inside with federal agents and that she is cooperating, her husband is also inside the apartment with her.


In Watertown, A Massive Manhunt Underway

(Photo: Military personnel on a street in Watertown during pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Courtesy of Torre St. Savior)

Residents in the towns of Cambridge and Watertown have been asked to stay inside because of an active manhunt of the remaining suspect in the Boston marathon bombing. 

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry is in Boston and reports: "This is an extraordinary moment, a martial law moment in the city of Boston as police anticipate trying to get this suspect and a possible third person of interest into custody in the next few hours."

"This is a very calm, orderly lock down," he said.

Courtney Forrester is from upstate New York, but she lives in Watertown about a half mile from the scene.  Here’s her story:

I’m about a half mile from where the active area is – probably right on the edge of the search area as well. And it’s just a lot of sirens a lot of interesting activity. Our building fire alarm actually just went off about a half an hour ago so that kind of caused al ittle more chaos to the scene … but just another unnerving event. … I usually wake up early, I’m a rower, and I had practice, but I was awoken by a text alert from the Watertown police department indicating there was an active event and to stay indoors.

A Stunned Ex-Classmate: 'He Was a Laid Back Kid'

A former high school classmate of 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said he's shocked to hear his friend is a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

“He was a laid back kid who you could always count on just to hang out with and really de-stress with and I am honestly am telling you there was never a sign of anything out of the ordinary," Zolan Young told WBUR.

He said the two stayed in touch after graduating from Rindge & Latin High School, where Tsarnaev was known as a stand-out athlete who competed on the wrestling and volleyball teams.

Brian Lehrer Show: The Role of Chechnya


Former national security correspondent for the Boston Globe and Russia/Chechnya expert at the International Crisis Group Paul Quinn-Judge discusses the emerging information about the Chechnyan roots of the suspects in the Boston marathon bombing. He's joined by Daniel Pinkston, deputy project director of the North East Asia Program at the International Crisis Group, discusses his experience in North Korea.

What We Know:

The surviving Boston bombing suspect has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

• One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead.

• an MIT university officer is dead

• neighborhoods in Boston and  western suburbs are locked down as officials search for the remaining suspect: known as the man in the white hat from marathon surveillance footage.

• Authorities urging residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. [At least a quarter of a million people live in those suburbs.]

• All mass transit shut down, including buses, subways, trolleys, commuter rail and boats. [says Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.]

• People waiting at bus and subway stops being by police to go home.
• Boston Police Commissioner Ed David: "We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody."

• Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing the MIT officer before stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.

• A new photo of the suspect on the loose taken at a 7-Eleven in Cambridge has been released showing him in a grey hoodie sweatshirt.

• Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown. Suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died at a hospital while the other escaped.
• Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where a suspect in the marathon bombings was taken and later died said they treated a man with a possible blast injury and multiple gunshot wounds. They wouldn't say if the patient, who came in with police, was the suspect in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage.