Police captured the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, found
bloodied in a backyard boat after a wild car chase and gun battle that
left his older brother dead and the Boston area sealed in an
The capture of Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev — taken alive, though seriously wounded— lifted days of anxiety
for Boston and Americans everywhere, but little was known about the
motivation of the ethnic Chechen brothers.
President Barack Obama vowed investigators would solve that mystery.
"The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers," said
Obama, who branded the suspects "terrorists."
During a long night of violence Thursday and into Friday, the brothers
killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, severely
wounded another lawman and hurled explosives at police in a desperate
getaway attempt, authorities said.
less than an hour after authorities said the search for Dzhokhar had
proved fruitless, they tracked down the 19-year-old university student
holed up in the boat. He was weakened by a gunshot wound after fleeing
on foot from the overnight shootout with police that left 200 spent
Tsarnaev was hospitalized in serious condition, unable to be questioned about his motives.
Boston police announced via Twitter that Tsarnaev was
in custody. They later wrote: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search
is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in the shootout early in
the day. At one point, he was run over by his younger brother in a car
as he lay wounded, according to investigators.
The bloody endgame came four days after the bombing and just a day after
the FBI released surveillance-camera images of two young men suspected
of planting the pressure-cooker explosives that ripped through the crowd
at the marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding more
The two men were identified by
authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who
had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living
in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But investigators gave no details on the
motive for the bombing.