Watertown residents react to capture of bombing suspect
WATERTOWN, Mass. —
A community was breathing easier Friday night after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive in Watertown.
Gunfire erupted not long after residents had been given the all-clear to leave their homes at 6 p.m. after an all-night and all-day search the suspect.
"We heard maybe 50 rounds go off. We ducked and ran to the basement," Jaime Pepper told NBC 10.
She lives just down Franklin Street from where police had a shootout with the suspect.
Authorities said Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat that was being stored in a driveway. The homeowner spotted blood on the boat cover, peeked inside to see the bloody suspect, and called police.
Police engaged in a gun battle with the suspects Thursday night after they allegedly killed a MIT police officer in Cambridge.
After Friday's gunfire, authorities said they tried to talk the suspect into giving himself up. He did not respond, so an FBI officer took him into custody.
"I'm so glad it's over," Pepper said.