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Mere hours after the FBI released photos of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, one of the suspects is dead and another is on the loose. A shootout between police and the suspects occurred overnight after a series of events that started when they killed an MIT officer and robbed a 7-Eleven. As the story develops, police have continued to release more information on the suspects and have shut down several suburbs in the area. MBTA transit service has also been cancelled and all universities in the area have cancelled classes.
According to NBC News, they robbed the store, then shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. They then carjacked a parked car, holding the driver hostage. They let the driver go unharmed, but as police began the chase, they started throwing explosives out onto the streets.
At that point, police began shooting. Suspect No. 1, the man in the black hat was killed and later found with an IED. Suspect No. 2, the man in the white hat in the FBI photos from yesterday, is on the loose.
The Associated Press identified the man in the white hat as 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a legal resident of Cambridge, MA. The two suspects were brothers and both lived in this country legally for around a year. Sources for the AP say that they are from Chechnya, a region in Russia.
With the second suspect on the loose, police have attempted to shut down all possible escape routes. According to WCVB, all MBTA transit service has been shut down. The Boston-area suburbs of Watertown, Newton, Allston-Brighton, Waltham, Belmont and Cambridge are under lock-down, with police asking people not to leave for work. No vehicles are being allowed in or out of Watertown, where the shootout took place.
Boston Police have released the above image of the suspect at large that was taken when they robbed the 7-Eleven.
The police are still going door-to-door in Watertown in search of the suspect. Police have also warned of controlled explosions in Charlesgate.
Harvard University, Boston University, MIT and Boston public schools are closed for the day.
The AP did confirm that President Obama is being briefed on the situation. He was just in Boston on Thursday to speak during a memorial service for the three victims and survivors of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
UPDATE: Gov. Patrick is now telling Boston residents to stay indoors as the search continues.
UPDATE: Suspect No. 1 has been ID's as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. It is now known that he went to Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and competed in the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City.
UPDATE: NBC News is reporting that the suspects told the carjacking victim that they were the marathon bombers. While they held the driver hostage for 30 minutes, they tried three ATMs to take the driver's money out. At the second, they took $800 and at the third, they were told they had reached the limit. They dropped the man off at a gas station unharmed.