One suspect in this week’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing was killed after a police shootout, and a second suspect, identified by officials as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remains at large and the subject of a manhunt, police said early this morning.
Tsarnaev, the man the FBI identified Thursday only as Suspect 2 in photos related to the marathon bombing investigation, is on the loose and is armed and dangerous, police said. The 19-year-old is the target of a “massive manhunt,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said today.
The suspect is believed to be armed with an assault-style rifle and an assortment of other weapons, including bombs, a senior federal law enforcement official said today. There is great concern that Tsarnaev might try to take hostages, the official said.
“We believe this is a terrorist, we believe this is a man that’s come here to kill people,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said early this morning.
The first suspect was killed after exchanging gunfire with police officers, during which multiple explosive devices were detonated, police said. Officials at Beth Israel Hospital reported they received one patient who later died, but would not confirm it was the first suspect.
That patient came in under guard and had suffered blast, shrapnel and so many gunshot wounds that caregivers were “unable to count” them.
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