Police have shrunk the crime scene around where bomb technicians had planned to conduct “controlled explosions” of materials found on Norfolk Street here where the brothers suspected of being the Boston Marathon bombers lived recently.
State Police released a summary of the events that led to the death of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the closing of metro Boston communities as law enforcement searched for his younger brother.
Police said the first indication of trouble was 10:24 p.m. when MIT police received a call from someone reporting they had heard what they thought were gunshots. Four minutes later, the 7-11 store at 750 Mass. Ave. was hit by an armed robber, but that crime was not committed by the brothers, State Police now say.
One minute later, however, authorities allege that the brothers did shoot and kill MIT police officer Sean A. Collier as the officer sat in his MIT cruiser.
Two minutes later, authorities received a call that a car had been carjacked by two men outside 816y Memorial Drive. A short time later – it was not immediately clear how long – an MBTA police officer spotted the vehicle and pursued, a chase that came to a stop in Watertown.
In the moments that followed, 200 rounds of ammunition were fired by police and apparently by the brothers. Police also recovered lots of evidence, including pieces of homemade explosives, including pipe bombs and another pressure cooker,"’ State Police said.
Also, contrary to what authorities said earlier today, no potential explosives were found on Norfolk Street in Cambridge where the two brothers lived, and a planned "controlled explosion"’ was deemed unnecessary.
"We thought a car there might have an explosive, but it did not," State Police spokesman David Procopio said in the statement.
In an interview with lifenews.ru, a Russian website, Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the two bombing suspects, said, "My kids have never seen a gun in their life. They moved to the US for political reasons. In Kyrgyzstan we were oppressed. We wanted a quiet life. I was afraid for my kids and tried to save them."
State Police: Want to thank all of you for your patience. But we remain committed to this. We went through 20 streets in Watertown, door-to-door, limited searches of those homes.
SP: No leads have been fruitful. Ballistics and forensics work will be completed in Boston in next few days. Exploded and unexploded ordnance was recovered and made safe.
SP: 10 State Police patrols augmenting Watertown police throughout the town.
SP: For everyone hurt or killed during the Marathon, or those police officers who lost their life, we are committed to finding this suspect.
Gov: Stay-at-home request lifted, T running again, but be vigilant. There still is a very very dangerous individual at large.
Menino: Thank you for your cooperation. We do not have an individual arrested yet, but there are a lot of leads out there. Stand tall, but don't stand down.
Watertown chief: You're going to see saturated patrols in Watertown. A big presence. We did a very thorough search of 20-block area, but didn't have any results.
SP: There's a photo of our suspect widely distributed. If you see this individual, call 911 -- don't take action on your own.
Question: Any second thoughts about decisions today? SP: No. At the time of the first shooting, we didn't have enough people on the scene to establish a perimeter.
Gov: The investigation continues to develop, but we can't give you details right now. But based on those developments, you can go back out, but be vigilant.
SP: We don't have direct knowledge that he is still in the Boston area, but his ties are here.
SP: I believe the suspect is still in Massachusetts.
Question - Do you think someone is helping him? SP: That would be supposition on my part.
SP: The Honda police were looking for and found is being processed.