Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19 year-old suspect in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, has been caught in the backyard of a house in Watertown, Mass. Tsarnaev was in a boat in that backyard.
Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan were first identified as suspects on Thursday by the FBI, though authorities did not know their names. On late Thursday night, an MIT campus police officer, Sean Collier, was shot and killed by one or both of the brothers, who subsequently became involved in a shootout in the suburb of Watertown.
The owner of the boat noticed the tarp covering his boat was torn late Friday afternoon, and went to investigate. That is when he found a bleeding man inside, at which point he called the police. After his apprehension, Tsarnaev was rushed to the hospital with life threatening gunshot wounds to his neck and leg, which he sustained Thursday night during a shootout with police.
During the police engagement on Friday night, the Boston Globespoke to neighborhood resident Lisa Bontempi, who told the newspaper,
“There’s a lot of shooting. ... I’m really scared. I’ve got to go.”
The Globe also talked to another Franklin Street resident:
“We’re seeing every officer rushing to the corner. We’ve heard gunshots. We’ve got cops in bulletproof vests and an ambulance is there, with someone carrying out a stretcher,’’ said Louise Harrison Lepera, another Franklin street resident.
“There’s a lot of cops outside,” said another resident, who declined to give her name. “Oh, my God, they’re just crouched down by the cars. But I heard a couple of pops, I’m not sure what they were exactly.”
Police used flash grenades on the boat in an effort to take Tsarnaev alive.