April 22, 2013

The Boston Bombing

A look at the events leading to the capture of a suspect.

Jessica: Officers stand guard at the Boston hospital where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being treated for serious wounds.

Governor Deval Patrick: I think all of the law enforcement professionals are hoping, for a host of reasons, that the suspect survives because we have a million questions.

Jessica: So do the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth students who knew Dzhokhar.

Student: I can’t say this enough; he’s just not the guy. He’s just not the kind of guy that would do that. But something must have happened in the past few weeks, I guess that triggered something like this. I don’t know. Like, as of last Monday, I would never assumed he would do something close to this.

Jessica: Dzhokhar was taken into custody and his brother killed, in one of the most dramatic manhunts in U.S. history.

The bombing investigation picked up once the FBI released images of the two men Thursday, asking for the public’s help in identifying them. The chase intensified Thursday night after MIT policeman Sean Collier was shot and killed. Police say then the brothers hijacked a car telling the owner they were the bombers. The owner escaped unharmed. Police quickly tracked down the stolen SUV. In an overnight firefight, the older brother, Tamerlan, was fatally wounded, but 19-year-old Dzhokhar escaped on foot.

The city of Boston spent all of Friday on lockdown as officers searched door-to-door. The big break came on Friday night. A Watertown, Massachusetts homeowner noticed blood on a boat stored in his yard. He called 911. Images from heat-sensing technology confirmed the suspect was hiding there. A neighbor caught the gunfire on video as police responded.

Commissioner Ed Davis: And ultimately, the Hostage Rescue Team of the FBI made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect who was still alive in the boat.

Jessica: Dzhokhar’s injuries are serious, including a bullet wound to his neck that investigators say may have been self-inflicted.

The brothers are ethnic Chechens. The country of Chechnya is a part of Russia. But the brothers and many of their relatives have lived in the United States for the last decade. In fact, Dzhokhar officially became a U.S. citizen on September, 11th of last year.

The boys’ uncle says he believes the older, Tamerlan, had been radicalized by foreign terrorists.

Ruslan Tsarni: See no purpose in life but pursue path of god.

Jessica: He says Tamarlan had a negative influence on his younger brother.

Tsarni: He used him. He used him.

Jessica: Back in Boston, crowds have been cheering for the police and the FBI agents.

Brandon O’Neill: They’re happy because we succeeded. But together that’s what we did. But, you know, we’re sorry for the losses – and that’s the hard part. But we got to move on and we will.

Jessica: Jessica Kumari, Channel One News.


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