The news reports from the TV at this hour — 3:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19 — is that there has been a shooting and a standoff between police and suspects who are possibly connected with the bombing on at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Police, federal agents and even National Guardsmen descended on a Boston suburb where there were reports of violence, gunshots and two loud booms Thursday night into early Friday morning — all following the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.
The large law-enforcement presence gathered in Watertown, Mass., just a few miles from the shooting on MIT’s Cambridge campus, where two men had reportedly shot at police officers.
The Watertown scene was marked by reports of rapid gunfire and explosions.
WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst said FBI and local police were looking for a connection between the Boston Marathon bombs and the incidents in Watertown and at MIT. “Dozens and dozens” of federal agents had been dispatched to the crime scenes.
The people on the TV are saying that the officials are saying now that there is a connection between this event and the bombers.
The Boston Globe is reporting that one of the bombing suspects has been arrested while the other is still on the loose.
Update: Law enforcement officials in Cambridge are saying that one of the suspects is dead; the other is still on the loose.
Update 2: According to the Associated Press, the suspects are brothers from Chechnya. They are legal residents who lived in Turkey before coming to the U.S. about a year ago. One was killed in a shoot-out with police; the other is on the lam. “A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, Mass.”