I've been watching NBC and MSNBC. Both refuse to identify the suspects who caused so much havoc throughout the night. But we are told that they are Caucasian foreign nationals who have been in this country for roughly a year. And we are told that they have "military experience."
Well, you can probably guess the first country-of-origin that popped into my
noggin. To me, the telling detail is the extreme reticence on the part of these newsfolk to name the country, even though the on-air reporters have hinted that they know it. In America, only one foreign country gets that
kind of ultra-deferential treatment.
Let's now return to the post I scribbled about a little more than an hour ago. (At the moment, it's 5:42.) I need some shut-eye.
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It's the wee small hours of the morning here, and we're getting bizarre reports out of Massachusetts. First, a police officer was shot at MIT. Then there was a firefight in Watertown, and one of the suspects was allegedly brought into custody, although now I'm hearing a conflicting report that this suspect was, in fact, killed. (More on this below) His partner is free and on the run at this writing.
The Boston Globe
is one of the few media outlets definitively saying that these two men were connected to the tragedy at the marathon.
One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been apprehended, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Another appears to remain on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. A 20-block perimeter was established as authorities searched for him.
A scene of chaos descended on Cambridge and Watertown late Thursday night and early Friday morning, as police confirmed an MIT police officer was shot and killed, and an apparent carjacking led police on a frenetic chase into Watertown. Hundreds of police officers flooded Cambridge and Watertown.
A spokesman for the MBTA said that a transit officer had been shot and was in serious condition.
Witnesses in Watertown said they heard explosions. Police officers were screaming about improvised explosive devices.
NBC has video of the firefight
. (Unfortunately, I can't embed the clip.)
HuffPo has been updating the story continually throughout the night.
Chatter on the police scanner revealed confusion on the scene as officers reported gunfire, explosions and chaos at the intersection of Laurel and Dexter Streets. Heavily armed officers from Homeland Security have been spotted in the area, as have members of the FBI and National Guard. Helicopters are currently using search lights to illuminate the darkened neighborhood.
Larry Victor, a dentist in Watertown, told The Huffington Post that he heard dozens of shots and at least two explosions.
In response, all police units have been ordered to retreat to a perimeter being set up near Auburn, Walnut & School Streets. Officers entering the perimeter were ordered to turn off their cellphones. A robot has been brought in to investigate the scene for explosives.
Andrew Kitzenburg of Watertown told the New York Times that he observed a confrontation from a third floor window. He saw two men in jackets engaging in "constant gunfire" with police officers.
The shooters tried to detonate a bomb. “They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most," Kitzenburg told the paper.
In a press conference given just a few minutes ago (at this writing, the time is 4:30 AM), the Boston police announced:
"We have a video from the 711 in cambridge last night that he's in a gray hoody sweatshirt. Caucasian male, with long curly brown hair. Thats the individual we're looking for right now."
That doesn't sound like a jihadi. Thank god.
The photo to your left shows the most recent suspect photo released by the Boston cops.
The cops apparently detonated an unexploded bomb around 4 AM.
Peter Williams of NBC tweeted:
Explosives, pressure cooker found at crime scene in Watertown, sources tell
At this time, the biggest mystery is whether the first suspect is alive or dead. CNN has broadcast a picture of a barechested man in police custody
. Yet he is now reported (by Boston.com
) to have died, perhaps while in custody
. All the reports I've seen so far speak of only two suspects. We also have this from USA Today:
Police could be seen with guns drawn one one man face down on a paved street.
Compare the headline of this Boston.com article
with the first paragraph of this later story
. If an arrested suspect was killed -- or somehow managed to kill himself -- well, the words "goatfuck of massive proportions" suggest themselves.
The story should be a lot clearer very soon.