Boston Bombing Suspect Alive And In Custody

Shots were heard in Watertown, Massachusetts around 7 p.m. Friday night; by 8:45 p.m., cheering was heard as authorities apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Here’s a comprehensive of his capture.

1. The first reports of shots fired came across Twitter around 7 p.m.

5. Video and audio of the first round of gunfire.

6. Watertown residents were obviously panicked, with authorities having lifted the Boston lockdown only an hour before.

Shit's going down cops racing by again ahhh channel 7! Guns fired etc, they better catch him this time. #Boston

— actuallyamanda (@Amanda Karakoudas)

Shots were fired in Watertown.

— LizSegran (@Elizabeth Segran)

FUCK another bomb in my neighborhood?! dude im fuckin scared now .

— marisabellp (@marisabell pricilla)

Considering it was "safe" to go out last night, I'm think I'm gonna stay in my apartment tonight.

— mandamoo17 (@Manda)

10. Watertown residents noticed that police presence remained strong in the town even after the lockdown had ended.

RT @adamwitwer: Here's the entrance to my bldg on Norfolk St, where I STILL cannot enter.

— ryanpbroderick (@Ryan Broderick)

11. Very soon after, residents began reporting word that a body was found in a parked boat in a backyard.

Body found in a boat in someone's backyard on Franklin Street in Watertown #BostonManhunt

— actuallyamanda (@Amanda Karakoudas)

friend just walked to pick up someone and saw a dead body . are fuckin serious? dude ur dead man .

— marisabellp (@marisabell pricilla)

Image of backyard where UNIDENTIFIED body found in boat.

— WhyofCorso (@c o r s o)

14. Ten minutes later, the first media reports of police pursuing a suspect hiding out in a boat in a backyard on Franklin Street in Watertown surfaced.

RT @passantino: Photo: Watertown home with boat where situation appears to be unfolding http://t.co/n1zrL8ci2t

— weeddude (@Michael Rusch)

Shots fired on a boat in Watertown.

— TomlinM (@Matt Tomlin)

RT @marcussolis7: Shots fired at Franklin Street in #Watertown #BreakingNews

— ABC7NY (@Eyewitness News)

Shots fired from Franklin St. area in Watertown. Live coverage via @CBSnews: http://t.co/iOPYXSQMkm

— Ustream (@Ustream)

The saga continues @ Watertown High School (via @dakidPG

— ryanpbroderick (@Ryan Broderick)

19. What was unclear as of 7:30 p.m. was whether or not the suspect being pursued by police, currently hiding in the boat, was alive or dead.

All the new activity is focused around a covered boat in a backyard in Watertown.

— macasek (@Michael Macasek)

Suspect was found hiding under tarp in parked boat in Watertown, MA. (via @FoxNews)

— MichelleFields (@Michelle Fields)

RT @TomlinM: Shots fired scene centered on Franklin Street in Watertown.

— brianjdamico (@Brian D'Amico)

23. There were, however, numerous reports of a S.W.A.T. robot on-site.

omfg RT ‏@susantran #SWAT robot has been brought in. #7News http://t.co/ZhM0QWrdHi

— KirstenS (@Kirsten Stubbs)

At #watertown shooting scene..over 20 shots fired..ran for cover..behind police #fox25 #bostonbombing

— jenyp (@Mrs. U2)

BREAKING PHOTO: Cops using concrete wall for cover; SWAT robot brought in, as well as the K-9's - @tonytullnbcdc

— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker)

Things tense. SWAT calling people off. Possible car battery charger cable visible in house window n

— MattWilliams06 (@Truth Is Treason)

27. Adding to the confusion, NBC’s Pete Williams reported there was a “body found on the boat,” but did not specify the status of the suspect.

.@PeteWilliamsNBC: "body found on boat"

— mpoindc (@Mike O'Brien)

@laurakrantzmwdn: View on walnut st in #watertown after multiple shots fired on Franklin st

— laurakrantz (@Laura Krantz)

29. As for how the police tracked the suspect to the backyard, NBC reported that Watertown residents noticed suspicious behavior and called authorities.

NBC just said a neighbor saw a ladder on the boat that hadn't been there before and called police. GOOD SLEUTHIN' WATERTOWN!!!!!!!

— michaelshafrir (@Michael Shafrir)

Eyewitness: Neighbor went to check boat behind his house today, saw blood, climbed up ladder to open boat's cover, saw a body, called police

— ABC (@ABC News)

Unconfirmed reports movement in backyard possibly in boat parked there - Franklin St Watertown after gunfire here

— JeanWMUR (@Jean Mackin)

Saw two families evacuated..running with State Police. Children in arms of police, younger adults sprinting. They're safe. #fox25 #watertown

— jenyp (@Mrs. U2)

Movement in the boat. Hearing movement in boat from adjacent officer's radio. #fox25 #watertown

— jenyp (@Mrs. U2)

34. By 7:45 p.m. multiple sources began reporting that the body inside the boat was the Boston bombing suspect and that he was moving.

WCVB: Multiple sources: This is the suspect. He is moving.

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

200 Meter vom Ort, an dem sich Killer verschanzt hat; Hunde bellen in der Nachbarschaft, Menschen warten gebannt.

— bauernebel (@Herbert Bauernebel)

36. Media quickly descended on Franklin Street as word spread of the police facing off against the suspect hiding in the boat.

Bewohner warten bange auf die Erstürmung des Killer-Versteck. Bewohnerin Buka: "ich hoffe, dass es wirklich er ist"

— bauernebel (@Herbert Bauernebel)

38. As the standoff wore on, gunfire became more and more sporadic.

Total of 12 shots in most recent moments. Haven't heard any for ~30 seconds now.

— WhyofCorso (@c o r s o)

More shots fired at Franklin Street scene in Watertown.

— TomlinM (@Matt Tomlin)

Two more gunshots.

— jtes (@jessica testa)

Shot fired near scene.

— jtes (@jessica testa)

42. The Google Maps shot of the residence that ran on NBC.

"If they're assaulting that boat, this should be over shortly." -@PeteWilliamsNBC

— todayshow (@TODAY)

BREAKING NEWS: Police are still concerned that the suspect may be wearing a suicide bomb vest, the source tells the Globe.

— BostonGlobe (@The Boston Globe)

Terrible pic but here's law enforcement and firefighters huddled up across the street

— RosieGray (@Rosie Gray)

Neighbor of boat owner on @WCVB: "That boat is his baby. He's going to be heartbroken."

— doreeshafrir (@Doree Shafrir)

47. NBC’s Pete Williams reported as of 8:15 p.m. that a fire started inside the boat.

"We're told that there is a fire now in the boat." -@PeteWilliamsNBC

— todayshow (@TODAY)

48. And there were reportedly 40 gallons of gas inside the boat.

Boat owner says there is 40 gallons of gas in the boat. Watertown Fire Dept now on scene. (@ProvFireVideos)

— weeddude (@Michael Rusch)

49. An Instagram taken from where a crowd is formed on Mt. Auburn Street.

50. Numerous firefighters were on the scene throughout the standoff as concerns about a fire inside the boat spread.

PIC: Massive crowd gathered at Mt. Auburn St in #Watertown, waiting for word on suspect #WCVB

— LiamWCVB (@Liam Martin)

52. Another Instagram from the crowd on Mt. Auburn Street.

More media arriving. Police keeping us back. Scene not visible from location. #fox25 #bostonbombing #watertown

— jenyp (@Mrs. U2)

54. A negotiator arrived on the scene and was present throughout the standoff.

Negotiator has arrived on the scene in #Watertown, Mass., officials tell NBC News

— nbcnightlynews (@NBC Nightly News)

RT @NBCNews A negotiator is on the scene where bombing suspect is surrounded. #manhunt MORE:http://t.co/zxDjHbAV9V

— todayshow (@TODAY)

Mass. State Police want to take the suspect alive. (@7News)

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

Ambulance standing by at #watertown #bostonbombing #standoff. #fox25

— jenyp (@Mrs. U2)

58. Camera crews assmbled on both Mt. Auburn Street and Arsenal Street, both of which are main roads near the boat.

59. By 8:45 p.m., cheering was heard from the crowds surrounding the area and NBC reported they believed the suspect was in custody.

Lot of cheers breaking out, started by the officers

— RosieGray (@Rosie Gray)

Alive. In custody. Asking for medic. -- via NBC

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky)

Hearing cheers from up on Mt Auburn st., cheers erupting. He's in custody.

— karen_p_rivera (@Karen P. Rivera)

Applause from crowd in Watertown.

— TomlinM (@Matt Tomlin)

Clapping coming from police. #fox25 #watertown #bostonbombing Good sign???

— jenyp (@Mrs. U2)

64. Footage of the police cheering.

More applause as first responders leave.

— jtes (@jessica testa)

66. The Boston Globe and Boston Police Department reported minutes later that the suspect was alive and in police custody, with an ambulance headed to the scene.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev IN CUSTODY!

— BostonGlobe (@The Boston Globe)

Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.

— bostonpolice (@Boston Police Dept.)

"We got him" #oneboston

— mayortommenino (@Mayor Tom Menino)

On the radio. "Your mayor is very proud of you"

— mayortommenino (@Mayor Tom Menino)

71. And finally, around 9:20 p.m., the F.B.I. confirms he’s in custody.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, age 19, suspect in Boston bombing investigation, is now in custody. #FBI #BostonMarathon http://t.co/ABK1cQU7HR

— FBIBoston (@FBI Boston)

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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