Boston On Lockdown As Search For Bombing Suspect Continues

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Robert Siegel and Melissa Block have the latest in the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects in the Boston marathon bombing. Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan, is dead after a police chase overnight.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Robert Siegel. Boston and surrounding areas remain on lockdown as the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombing continues. Heavily armed police have been sweeping through neighborhoods searching for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 years old. He's the younger of two brothers. Authorities say he could be armed with explosives.

The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is dead after a shootout with police last night in the Boston suburb of Watertown.

BLOCK: The two men are of Chechen ethnicity. They had lived in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan. A family member says they came to the U.S. about a decade ago. After the FBI released their images yesterday, they were allegedly seen at about 10:20 last night, robbing a convenience store in Cambridge. It's believed they killed an MIT campus police officer, carjacked an SUV and took police on a wild car chase that ended in that firefight in Watertown.

Residents describe hearing gunshots and multiple explosions. In a few minutes, we'll hear from one witness in Watertown.

SIEGEL: The older brother was taken into custody with what doctors describe as multiple traumatic injuries. He was pronounced dead at 1:35 this morning. The younger brother fled and remains at large.

BLOCK: Today, an uncle of the suspects, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, had this to say about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

RUSLAN TSARNI: He put a shame, he put a shame on the Tsarni - our family, the Tsarnaev family. He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity. So that's what I would say. Turn yourself in.

BLOCK: And at an auto shop in Cambridge, across the street from where the men lived, mechanic Gilberto Junior says he spoke with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev earlier this week. He'd come to pick up his car.

GILBERTO JUNIOR: He came on Tuesday and say, I want the car right now. I say, man, I haven't even started to work on the car yet. I already removed the bumper, you know, I removed the tail lights out of the car. And he say, I don't care, I don't care. I need the car right now. And I noticed he was biting his nails and, you know, very shaky, you know. And I say, man, okay. So I gave him the key and he left.

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