The final stage of the manhunt for the second Boston Marathon bomber began with police stealthily swamping a sleepy Watertown street, minutes before an intense barrage of gunfire erupted, according to two eyewitnesses who filmed the scene from a nearby window.
“We saw a bunch of cop cars come down the street. It was a quick tactical move. We just grabbed our cameras and looked out the windows,” Nick Gianetti told the Belfast Telegraph the morning after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured hiding in a nearby boat.
“And we just saw the whole thing go down. We heard lots of loud gunshots, a couple of even louder bangs, and we knew this was it,” said Gianetti (23) who lives four houses away from where Tsarnaev was captured.
“It was deceptively quiet after they made the announcement lifting the lockdown,” added his uncle Bob Glatz (46) who owns the home “These streets were all blocked off by police. But then it got quiet. Then all of the sudden, when they came in – Whoa! – they came in, in a hurry, and they took control of the situation real quick. It seemed so fast. Then there was gunfire. Then it got quiet, and they were running around.”
Eight-year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell (29) and 23-year-old Chinese exchange student Lu Lingze were killed in the bombings, which occurred near the finish line of one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious races.
More than 170 people were wounded, including several who lost limbs as a result.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier (26) was believed shot dead by either Dzhokhar or his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev Thursday night, shortly after the FBI released images of the pair, who at the time hadn’t been named.
After his slaying, police engaged in dramatic vehicular pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers, which ended with the pair cornered on Laurel Street in the Boston suburb of Watertown in the early hours of Friday morning.
There, the brothers engaged police in an intense 10-minute gun battle, that saw the fugitives also lobbing bombs at police.
Tarmerlan subsequently died of wounds from the shootout, but Dzhokhar eluded capture for another 18 hours, before being discovered by a home owner hiding in a boat.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s not your typical day in Watertown on Franklin Street - or anywhere else in Boston for that matter,” said Bob Glatz “we just tried to stay out of the way, and cooped up. And everything just happened to unfold on our street, right down the street.”