A Boston Marathon bombing suspect was killed in a shootout with Massachusetts authorities, a federal law-enforcement official said, and a manhunt was on for the second suspect—both of whom were believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer during a chaotic series of events Thursday night.
A law-enforcement official said the bombing suspect who had been shown wearing a black baseball cap in photographs released Thursday was killed by police in a shootout. His identity wasn’t released. The second suspect, a “light-skinned or Caucasian” man with long curly hair and wearing a hoodie who police said was the bombing suspect identified wearing a white hat, got away from the shootout and was still at large Friday morning.
Police asked residents to stay in their homes, warning that the man was armed and dangerous.
Federal authorities haven’t confirmed the identity of either suspect.
“We believe this to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Chief Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”
The violence began around 10:20 p.m., when MIT officials said gunshots were reported on the Cambridge campus. Police said two male suspects fatally shot an MIT police officer in Cambridge, Mass., and then carjacked a Mercedes sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, keeping the vehicle’s owner hostage for about a half-hour. The victim was released at a gas station in Cambridge, authorities said. He wasn’t injured.
As police pursued the allegedly stolen vehicle, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from the car. One suspect was wounded, authorities said. The other fled.
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer was wounded during the exchange. (Courtesy Wall Street Journal)