The public awoke Friday to a dramatic scene in Boston—a city on lockdown as authorities search for 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, one of two suspects in the marathon bombing.
The other suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who is the brother of Dzhokhar, was killed in a shootout overnight, as military and law enforcement officials poured into Watertown, Mass., creating a 20-block perimeter where they believed Dzhokhar was holed up.
Media reports are saying the manhunt has since expanded, and the city of Boston is effectively closed down.
News and speculation is spreading rapidly through network and cable news stations, as well as through Twitter, where a number of people in the area of Watertown, have tweeted about the presence of authorities, including pictures and updates from police scanners.
Amid these tweets, Boston Police issued this message:
The Massachusetts State Police account addressed the trend of people trying to interpret police scanners through a retweet:
That account focused mainly on residents’ safety Thursday night and Friday morning, reminding people to stay in their homes and to call 911 if they had worries about someone at their door.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also issued a number of reminders for residents to stay indoors, and he tweeted a picture of himself with Boston Mayor Tom Menino practicing what they preached:
Several terms related to the manhunt were trending on Twitter.
Overnight, a police officer at MIT
was reportedly shot and killed by the suspects, who car-jacked a vehicle, prompting a chase with police, in which the brothers tossed homemade bombs at authorities. A shootout then ensued, at which time “Suspect No. 1” was killed.
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Matt Wilson contributed to this report.