– Mayhem erupted around Boston on Friday as police pursued suspects armed with automatic weapons and explosives, heightening tensions in a city reeling from this week’s terrorist bombings.
Residents described incredible scenes in Watertown. Andrew Kitzenberg, 29, said he looked out his third-floor window to see two young men of slight build in jackets engaged in constant gunfire with police officers.
A police SUV drove towards the shooters, he said, and was shot at until severely damaged. It rolled out of control, Mr Kitzenberg said, and crashed into two cars in his driveway. The two shooters, he said, had a large and unwieldy bomb. “They lit it, still in the middle of gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most.”
It exploded, he said, and one of the two men ran towards the gathered police officers. He was tackled, but it was not clear if he was shot, Mr Kitzenberg said.
The explosions, said Loretta Kehayias, 65, another resident, “lit up the whole house. I screamed. I’ve never seen anything like this, never, never, never.”
Resident Larry Victor heard “tons and tons and tons of gunfire. Explosions. What a wild event right here in Watertown. I wasn’t about to walk out in the middle of a gun battle.”
Police streamed into the area from many local towns, as did law enforcement officers from the FBI, transit authority and the National Guard.
Scott Price’s family heard multiple gunshots. “You could smell the gunpowder,” he said. Mr Price’s wife, Anne, said they heard three explosions. “It was very frightening,” she said.
The violence broke out after the fatal shooting of a Massachussetts Institute of Technology campus officer. Police sped from that crime scene towards Watertown, about 10 kilometres from MIT, responding en masse to reports of a carjacking and the possible shooting of a second officer, according to law enforcement radio transmissions.
In Watertown, one man was orders to strip naked and was taken into custody. Police had surrounded the man with their guns drawn, ordered him to the ground and shouted: “Drop your underwear!”
Warnings were issued by police over their radio about multiple explosive devices. People in the area we’re told to stay off mobile phones to avoid setting off any potential bombs. At least one loud explosion was heard.
Boston is still coming to grips with Monday’s bombing of the city’s annual marathon that killed three people and injured more than 170.
The ‘Boston Globe’ was first to report that a man arrested in Watertown was one of the suspects from the Boston Marathon bombing. The ‘Globe’ claimed a second suspect was on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. It sourced the information to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, there were city and state police cruisers, their lights flashing.
The MIT officer who was shot on Thursday night local time had been responding to reports of a disturbance on campus, according to a statement from Middlesex acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro.
The officer, who wasn’t identified, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Mr Pelgro said.
Officers from state and local law enforcement units rushed to the campus shooting scene, along with some personnel wearing FBI jackets. Two police dogs we seen sniffing around a building marked the McGovern institute for Brain Research.
About 20 police vehicles with lights flashing were seen along Vassar Street at MIT, which was cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape. A police boat with lights flashing was patrolling the nearby Charles River, and a helicopter hovered over the campus.
The Cambridge Police Department issued a message of condolences through a posting on the Twitter social network. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family & our brothers and sisters at the #MIT Police,” the Cambridge Police said. Those gunshots heard on the campus marked the beginning of a long night the like of which Watertown had never seen before – Annie Linskey

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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