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Boston PD: Second Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombings In Custody

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BOSTON - The Boston Police Department says the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody.

The Boston PD posted a message to Twitter shortly after 8:45 p.m. Friday which read, "Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info."

A later Twitter message from the Boston PD account read, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

Authorities say the second suspect, identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, is in a Boston area hospital with serious gunshot wounds.

"We're so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case to those families that lost loved ones or suffered injuries that they'll live with for the rest of their lives, for a police officer, a young man starting a career at MIT, and a police officer with the MBTA who almost lost his life, and for neighborhoods who had to live in fear for an entire day, we are eternally grateful for the outcome here tonight," said Col. Timothy Alben with the Massachusetts State Police. "We have a suspect in custody."

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered in a boat in the backyard of a homeowner in Watertown, who left his home after a lockdown on the area was lifted.

"There was a call that came in to the Watertown police. Three Boston police officers, along with state troopers and FBI agents, responded to Franklin Street," Davis said. "A man had gone out of his house after being inside the house all day, after abiding by our request to stay inside. He walked outside and he saw blood on a boat in the backyard. He then opened a tarp on the top of the boat, and he looked in and saw a man covered with blood. He retreated and called us. We set up a perimeter around that boat, and over the course of the next hour or so, we exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was inside the boat, and ultimately, the hostage rescue team or the FBI made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect, who was still alive in the boat."

Earlier, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was inside a boat stored in a Watertown, Mass. neighborhood.

The AP also reported that gunfire was heard in Watertown early Friday evening.

The report of gunfire came approximately one hour after authorities lifted a lockdown order for residents in the area as police searched for the suspect.

Authorities told residents in the area of the gunfire to stay indoors as the search continued.

Upon hearing of the capture of the second suspect in the bombings, President Barack Obama saluted the efforts of the various law enforcement groups who participated in the capture.

"Over the past week, close coordination among federal, state, and local officials – sharing information, moving swiftly to track down leads – has been critical to this effort. They all worked as they should, as a team, and we are extremely grateful for that," Obama said. "We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our outstanding law enforcement professionals. These men and women get up every day, they put on that uniform, they risk their lives to keep us safe, and as this week showed, they don't always know what to expect."

The first suspect, identified by the Associated Press as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed by authorities early Friday morning in a violent confrontation following a car chase.

Officials at a 6 p.m. press briefing said that the "stay indoors" request for the city of Boston was lifted.

The Massachusetts State Police Department said officers conducted a controlled explosion in Cambridge Friday afternoon before searching an address.

Further details were not discussed.

The entire Boston public transit system was closed for most of the day Friday, but Patrick said at a 6 p.m. press briefing that the T mass transit system is running again.

Public schools and universities in the city were closed Friday.

Amtrak resumed limited Northeast Corridor service Friday evening between New York and Boston.

Amtrak Downeaster also began normal service to and from Boston Friday evening.

Amtrak said they expect regular service on Saturday.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the latest chapter in the marathon bombings began Thursday night when authorities responded to shots fired on the MIT campus.

Upon their arrival, they found MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, 26, shot dead inside his car.

The two men, later identified as the bombing suspects, then carjacked a Mercedes SUV and were pursued by police into Watertown, according to officials.

During the chase, the suspects allegedly fired weapons and threw explosive devices at responding officers, who then returned fire, killing one of the suspects.

Richard Donohue, 33, a Boston transit officer, was also injured in the exchange of fire, according to officials.

Donohue remains hospitalized as a result of his injuries.

The second suspect's description, consistent with the description of one released in the marathon bombing and shows him wearing a white cap, was taken around the time of the attack.

Massachusetts State Police said the brothers were driving in a Honda Civic when they carjacked the Mercedes SUV. They said that for a while, each drove one of the two vehicles, but then abandoned the Honda and reunited in the Mercedes.

The Associated Press reported that the brothers are from a Russian area near Chechnya. They were reported to be permanent U.S. residents who have been in the U.S. for as many as 10 years.

According to the FBI, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who they initially labeled "Suspect 1", was seen in surveillance photos wearing a dark hat, dark coat and carrying a backpack.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who was initially labeled "Suspect 2," was seen wearing a backwards white hat and a dark coat.

According to FBI officials, Dzhokhar was the only man seen planting a device at the bombing site.

"It was shortly before the bomb blast went off, within minutes," said Richard DesLauriers, the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the case.

Federal officials said the images showed the brothers walking together on Boylston Street through the marathon crowd toward the finish line.

Reports: Suspects Were Ethnic Chechens, Younger Sibling Was U.S. Citizen

Law enforcement sources say the two brothers alleged to be behind the Boston Marathon bombings are originally from the war-torn area of Chechnya.

Chechnya is located in the North Caucasus region of Russia, which has emerged as a hotbed of terrorism after its separatist war with Russia flared in the early to mid-1990s.

That conflict, between Chechen rebels and Russian authorities, turned into a struggle between East and West philosophies, as Islamic insurgents are participating more and more in the conflict against Russian authorities.

Some Islamic fundamentalists have threatened to create an independent Islamic state within the Russian republic.

Some of the separatist sentiment has spilled over into neighboring Dagestan, which the Associated Press says is where the younger Tsarnaev brother went to school as a young boy, and where his father now lives.

In response, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov spoke out Friday, noting that the Tsarnaev brothers never actually lived in Chechnya and spent much of their lives in the U.S.

"They lived, grew up and went to schools in America, so it's their education and not ours. We are very sorry about what happened, about the dead and the injured. We know about that firsthand. We express our condolences," Kadyrov said through a translator.

Published reports say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became a naturalized American citizen this past September 11.

His brother Tamerlan had a green card.

They lived together in Cambridge, and Dzhokhar attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Several of his classmates said he was actually on campus after the bombings.

A university spokesperson would only confirm that he was registered there.

Dzhokhar had an active social media presence.

A week before the bombings, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student tweeted: "If you have the knowledge and the inspiration, all that's left is to take action."

And on the day of the attack, he tweeted: "Ain't no love in the heart of the city. Stay safe people."

And perhaps most chilling of all, on the day after the attack, the teen tweeted: "I'm a stress free kind of guy."

Speaking to reporters in Maryland Friday morning, the suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, urged his 19-year-old nephew to turn himself in and "ask for forgiveness."

"He put a shame on our family, and he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity," Tsarni said.

Tsarni said the brothers and their family were refugees from sectarian fighting in Chechnya and found political asylum in the U.S.

He said that although the family is Muslim, it would be wrong to suggest their faith was to blame for the attack.

Tsarni said it was possible somebody had radicalized his nephews, but it was not their father, his brother, who now lives in the Russian republic of Dagestan.

Earlier Friday, the father of the suspects defended his sons.

Speaking from his home in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Anzor Tsarnaev was visibly shaken and told reporters, "Someone framed them. I don't know who exactly did it, but some one did. And being cowards, they shot the boy dead. There are cops like this."

The suspect's aunt in Toronto, Maret Tsarnaev, agreed, saying their involvement was somehow staged.

"My first call to FBI, they could not have done this," Tsarnaev said. "Where evidence? All you're showing that's just the footage, two guys are walking."

The suspects also have a sister in West New York, New Jersey. She didn't want to appear on camera, but said that the older brother, who died early Friday morning, was "great, kind and loving."

City, Nation Watching Events Closely

Security will be tightened for several races scheduled to be run in the city this weekend.

The State National Guard is sending an additional 150 Guardsmen to the city to help out.

Sources told NY1 that the New York State Police will also provide extra security.

New York Road Runners said that runners are being encouraged not to bring bags to the four-mile-long City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks in Central Park.

If runners do bring one, they will be asked to empty their belongings in a clear, plastic bag provided by race officials.

As a precaution, any unattended bags will be confiscated.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of what the city has to offer.

"I will tell you that what you should do this weekend is go out and enjoy the things that are here in New York City, all the events that are taking place," he said. "Go out in the streets. Don't be afraid, because you are as safe today as you were before, and you will be in the future. That's the safest we can possibly make it. There's no guarantees, 100 percent, but this is the place you want to live. Ray Kelly and all of the different uniformed services all work together to keep everybody safe, and we will continue to do that and will continue to modify our strategies every day and have a level of security that we think is appropriate."

Anyone looking to help the victims of Monday's attacks can contribute money to a special account.

'One Fund Boston' is intended to be a "central fund to receive much needed financial support" for those families most affected.

There has already been a quick response. The Boston mayor's office said more than $7 million was donated within the first 24 hours.

The trust will be run pro bono by Kenneth Feinberg, who managed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

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