Recap: Marathon Bomber Manhunt Ends as Police Capture Suspect in Watertown

Police captured suspect in Watertown, ending a manhunt for one of the two suspects in Monday's attack on the Boston Marathon that put the city of Boston and surrounding areas in lockdown mode Friday until around 6:00 p.m.

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On Friday, Apr. 19, police captured one of the two suspects in Monday’s attack on the Boston Marathon, following a massive shootout in the suburb of Watertown, Mass. The city of Boston and surrounding areas had been on lockdown all-day until around 6:00 p.m. TIME is no longer updating this page regularly, but keep visiting TIME.com’s homepage for ongoing coverage of the Boston bombing investigation.

10:16 p.m.: TIME’s Zeke Miller recaps the President’s press conference, which just ended:

President Barack Obama entered the White House briefing room Friday after 10 p.m. to congratulate the people of Massachusetts for their “resolve and determination,” and lawmakers for their “professionalism, and bravery.”

“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy,” Obama said, acknowledging the “unanswered questions” — why two men turned on their adopted city and country.

“All in all it’s been a tough week, but we’ve seen the character of our country once more,” Obama said, referencing the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. “They are not forgotten.”

10:11 p.m.: The suspects “failed because as Americans, we refused to be terrorized,” President Obama said in a press conference at the White House.

10:05 p.m.: Obama was kept up on the situation in Watertown throughout the day by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, White House officials said, following a briefing with his top advisers earlier Friday. Obama was watching the drama unfold on television in the White House residence, an administration official said and was formally briefed on the operation in the Oval Office by FBI Director Robert Mueller. – TIME’s Zeke Miller

9:53 p.m.: Another shot by Newton-Small, this time from the scene where the suspect was apprehended:

9:52 p.m.: TIME correspondent Jay Newton-Small snapped this photo of people in Watertown celebrating in the streets:

9:49 p.m.: The Boston Police Commissioner says the suspect is in “serious condition” in the hospital and that gunfire was exchanged with him on the boat. He also said the boat was right outside of the original perimeter that was searched all day.

9:45 p.m.: President Barack Obama will address the nation from the White House tonight, the Associated Press reports.

9:42 p.m.: “These suspects are no longer a threat to our personal safeties and to our communities,” FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers added.

9:38 p.m.: In a press conference, Mass. State Police Commander Colonel Timothy Alben confirmed that the second suspect is in custody. “We’re exhausted, folks, but we have a victory here tonight,” he said. Mass. Governor Deval Patrick (D) thanked the public for reviewing the photographs of the suspects, which “helped us narrow in” on them.

9:09 p.m.: TIME writer Kate Pickert spoke with a couple, less than half a mile from the scene:

Steve Flint and girlfriend Lisa Coveney live in Foxboro, but drove 25 miles to Watertown today. Lisa said there have been helicopters overhead for days.

“I’m glad he’s alive because I want to get answers,” she says.

9:02 p.m.: Residents are rejoicing on the streets in Watertown, per TIME Correspondent Newton-Small:

9:00 p.m.: From Boston Mayor Tom Menino:

8:58 p.m.: Latest from the Boston Police Department:

8:52 p.m.: Boston Police and NBC are reporting that the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in custody.

8:40 p.m.: From TIME contributor Chris Crapanzano, who is also in Watertown right now:

Shanti Kapoor, junior at BU, had been staying at a friend’s apartment in Watertown. [She] arrived 4:00 pm yesterday and has been here all night. [She] went out about an hour ago. “We wanted to get some food, water or eggs or something.” Roommate said by phone not to go out. Shanti said, “It’s been pretty quiet here for a couple of hours.” Was inside 7/11 Bigelow and Mt. Auburn St. Was on the phone with roommate figuring out grocery list. Roommate started saying, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.” Shanti saw SWAT teams speeding by. Shanti said, “All the cops were running and saying, ‘It’s him! It’s him!'”

8:28 p.m.: LISTEN: audio of shots fired in Watertown earlier this evening, per NBC News and its Boston affiliate.

8:17 p.m.: Shots have been fired in Watertown, and law enforcement officials say they are closing in on the suspect. “Boston Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ-TV the suspect was holed up in a boat parked in a backyard,” the Associated Press reports. “Reporters were being kept away from the scene.”

8:13 p.m.: President Obama spoke by phone Friday night with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, who expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston, according to a White House statement. Just two days ago, Secretary of State John Kerry said that U.S. relations with Russia had soured. “Have we gone down into a lower moment of that relationship? The answer is yes,” he testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. But Obama’s call with Putin went well, the White House reported. “President Obama thanked President Putin for those sentiments, and praised the close cooperation that the United States has received from Russia on counter-terrorism, including in the wake of the Boston attack,” a White House statement read. – TIME’s Michael Scherer

8:04 p.m.: Multiple sources are reporting that the suspect is in a boat in Watertown. The Boston Globe says police are concerned that the suspect may be wearing a suicide vest.

8:00 p.m.: Latest pic from Newton-Small:

7:58 p.m.: TIME reporter Jay Newton-Small is in Watertown right now.

7:22 p.m.: According to an Associated Press news alert, the White House says, “Obama, Putin speak by phone about Boston attack; Putin expresses condolences.”

7:15 p.m.: Update from the Boston Police Department:

7:10 p.m.: Associated Press news alert says: “Gunshots heard in Watertown, Mass.; emergency and military vehicles drive through town.”

7:08 p.m.: There have been multiple reports of shots fired in Watertown.

6:30 p.m.: Mass. Governor Deval Patrick said mass transit is resuming in Boston, the Associated Press reports.

6:20 p.m.: “My message to the suspect is to give himself up, to stop any further violence to anyone. We cannot continue to lockdown an entire state,” Mass. State Police Commander Timothy Alben said in the press conference.

6:15 p.m.: Boston Police added they have no reason to believe that Tsarnaev has fled the Boston area, underscoring that “all of his ties are here.”

6:10 p.m.: In a press conference, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) announced that the lockdown order has been lifted, and Boston residents can feel free to leave their homes. “We can return to living our lives,” he said. Commander of the State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said, “We don’t have an apprehension of our suspect…but we will.” An additional 10 state police patrols will be deployed to augment the Watertown police until Monday.

4:54 p.m.: The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, located 60 miles south of Watertown near the Rhode Island border, quickly closed down Friday because Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was registered as a student there. The Associated Press confirms that he lived in a dormitory on campus, according to other students.

3:25 p.m.: More local events have been postponed, including tonight’s hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

3:15 p.m.: Tonight’s baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park has been postponed.

3:02 p.m.: CNN Newsource video of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov reacting to reports on the Boston bombing suspects

2:37 p.m.: Major domain name registrar Go Daddy has told TIME’s Katy Steinmetz that people are already scrambling to buy domain names related to the bombings — and then auctioning them off for unfathomably large sums of money.

2:30 p.m.: TIME’s Kate Pickert emails this scene from the media area at Arsenal Mall in Watertown:

Military helicopters thumping ahead. TV trucks are parked everywhere, while bomb-sniffing dogs come by occasionally. Emily Cataneo, a reporter for the local Watertown TAB and Somerville Journal was marveling at how hundreds of out-of-town reporters and camera folks were set up in the parking lot of the Target where she shops. In the main press area at a mall on Arsenal Street in Watertown, several “independent” reporters for Reddit were milling amongst the national and local press. One writer said he runs an ad agency and was near the site of the bombings and was just interested in reporting on things.

2:00 p.m.: Members of the MIT community are sharing their favorite memories of campus safety officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed earlier today, on a Tumblr called “Memories of Sean,” Mashable’s Alex Fitzpatrick reports.

1:45 p.m.: The FBI is currently investigating a New Jersey woman who identified herself as the sister of the two marathon bombing suspects. The woman, who did not give her name, lives in West New York, N.J., just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. According to the Associated Press, the woman told authorities she wasn’t in frequent contact with her brothers and is helping the FBI gather information. She told the Newark Star-Ledger: “They were great people. I never would have expected it.”

1:40 p.m.: The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says people who went to work before the Boston area was shut down can leave and go home.

1:15 p.m.: CNN Newsource video of Eric Machaddo, friend of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, speaking to the network.

1:05 p.m.: TIME contributor Eben Harrell is walking around Boston and emailed this observation: “Almost every business is closed. The ‘shelter in place’ guidance has essentially shut down a major American city. It creeps me out how easy it has become to [paralyze] the entire city.”

Update: An earlier version of this post included comments by TIME stringer Eben Harrell that have been revised. The original post stated that “It creeps me out how easy it has become to [paralyze] the entire city — after all that talk of ‘tough’ Boston.” Harrell says, “As a Bostonian who has witnessed first-hand the incredible resilience of this city, I was attempting to question whether the lock down was too restrictive and whether the police should just let Boston be Boston.”

12:30 p.m.: In a press conference, Massachusetts State Police said there will be a controlled explosion in Cambridge on Norfolk Street. They also said about 60 percent of the search in Watertown has been completed. Boston Police reiterated that in a tweet:

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) urged residents of Boston and Watertown to remain inside and not open doors for anyone other than a law enforcement official. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino offered some uplifting words: “We’re not going to let terrorists win over. We’re going to get through this. We’re going to be a stronger city, and we’re going to move forward.”

11:45 a.m.: Ruslan Tsarni, the bombing suspect’s uncle, has called on the young man to “turn yourself in” and “ask forgiveness” from the victims, the AP reports. “You put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” he said in video that just aired on MSNBC.

11:35 a.m.: President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has put out a statement, which can be seen on Instagram. Foreign Policy posted an English translation on its website. Here’s a key excerpt:

 Any attempt to make the connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevys if they are guilty, [is] in vain. They grew up in the United States, their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America. From terrorism to fight the whole world. We know better than anyone else. We wish recovery to all the victims and share the feelings of sorrow Americans.

11:00 a.m.:  President Obama met with senior aides in the White House Situation Room Friday morning, including not just his domestic security officials but also those charged with international affairs.

“Participating in the briefing are Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry, and CIA Director John Brennan joined by video conference.”

Officials have still not released any information about a possible motive for the terrorist bombings. But the fact that CIA Director Brennan and Secretary of State John Kerry joined the conversation suggests that an international element to the attacks is, at least, under discussion.

10:48 a.m.: Harvard University will also be closed all day, according to a statement: “Events continue to unfold in the ongoing law enforcement search for an armed and dangerous suspect in an area not far from the Cambridge/Allston campus.”

10:44 a.m.: New message on the UMASS-Dartmouth website:

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10:30 a.m.: The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is now closed after reports that one of the suspects is a registered student. “Individuals on campus should shelter in place unless instructed otherwise,” according to a statement on the UMASS Dartmouth website.

9:55 a.m.: Amtrak has suspended all service between Boston and Providence, R.I. due to police activity. Earlier this this morning, an Amtrak train was halted in East Norwalk, Conn. while police searched for a family member or accomplice of Tsarnaev. ABC News is reporting that the situation has been mitigated and turned up no one of interest.

9:40 a.m.: The police officer killed in the Thursday night shootout on MIT’s campus has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier, the Middlesex County District Attorney confirmed to the Boston Globe.

9:15 a.m.: CBS’s Boston affiliate WBZ interviewed the Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni. When the station informed him of Tamerlan’s death, Tsarni said the young man “deserved it” and called him a “loser.” Tsarni said he always tried to encourage the boys to focus less on Islam, and more on school, telling them to “be useful. Know why you came to America.”

A second uncle, Alvi Tsarni told CBS News that Tamerlan called him yesterday: “He called me and said ‘forgive me,'” he told CBS. “It’s crazy, it’s not possible, I can’t believe he did this.”

9:02 a.m.: The Massachusetts State Police asks all reporters to keep the location of the shootout under wraps.

8:20 a.m.: The FBI releases the photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (sic), age 19, one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers still at-large. Dzhokhar’s brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who the FBI refer to as suspect 1, was fatally shot overnight in a shootout near the brothers’ home in the Boston suburb of Watertown. In the surveillance video released by the FBI on Thursday, Dzhokhar was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap.

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8:05 a.m.: Boston Police commissioner expands the lockdown to all Boston residents, urging all to stay in their homes as hunt for bomb suspect goes on.

7:30 a.m.: TIME’s Jay Newton-Small reports that the 20-block area of east Watertown around Dexter, School and Laurel Streets has been locked down while police search for Suspect #2 who is believed to be armed. According to Newton-Small, Commander of the State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said: “The most important message that we are doing right now is for public safety and for the safety of the people in that neighborhood. We are asking everyone to shelter in place for the time being, not to leave their homes and if they see something suspicious other than a police officer coming to their door they should call 911 immediately.” Read the full story here.

6:44 a.m.: A source of the Associated Press identifies the surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

5:54 a.m.: Residents west of Boston are told ‘stay home’ amid search for bomb suspect.

Mass. Governor Deval Patrick recounts the events of last night’s chase and declares a “massive manhunt.”

5:39 a.m.: The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Boston’s wide-reaching subway and transit system, releases an advisory: “Attention Customers: per order of the MBTA Transit police all service is suspended until further notice. 4/19/2013 5:39 AM”

5:00 a.m.: MIT cancels classes on Friday amid the tragedy that happened on campus overnight. Their statement reads: “MIT suffered a tragedy last night: an MIT Police officer was shot and killed on our campus in the line of duty…While the circumstances around the officer’s death remain the subject of an active investigation, what is certain is that the officer gave his life to defend the peace of our campus. His sacrifice will never be forgotten by the Institute. We are thinking now of his family, and our hearts are heavy.  In consultation with faculty chair Sam Allen, we have decided to cancel classes today (Friday). All employees are encouraged to use their best judgment about whether they are prepared to come in to work today: any absence today will be considered excused.”

4:20 a.m.: After an earlier shootout on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that killed one police officer has left one of two suspects dead.

2:37 a.m.: A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot and killed at the campus outside Boston, authorities said early Friday. No arrests had been made, and a manhunt was on for the shooter. The officer was responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney’s office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims. The shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building, according to state police spokesman Dave Procopio.

In the video above, reportedly sent to local ABC affiliate WCVB TV by a viewer, dozens of gunshots can be heard.

(MORE: Massive Manhunt Shuts Down Boston; One Suspect Dead)

YouTube user Jess ica posted this video, subsequently picked up by FOX News, apparently recorded around 1:30am in Watertown, Mass.

Here’s another version of the incident, below:

(MORE: Boston Police: Residents Must Shelter in Place During Manhunt)