A manhunt is underway for the surviving Boston Marathon shooting suspect, who has been identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The other suspect Tsarnaev's brother was killed in a shootout with police after an extended chase that resulted in the death of an MIT police officer.
Stephen Dalziel, former Russian analyst for the BBC, and Aslan Doukaev, North Caucasus Service Director for Radio Free Europe retrace the recent history of the region to describe what historical forces may have shaped these two young men. "I am to be honest a little baffled," Doukaev says, noting that there is no historical precedent for an attack like this.
Apart from their country of origin, little is known about the brothers suspected in the Boston marathon bombing and their motives. Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC in New York, spoke with the former roommate of a woman who had a child with Tamerlan. Larry Aaronson, retired social studies teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin knows the younger brother, Dzokar.
The shock of waking up without a limb or limbs-- just hours after watching marathoners cross the finish line on theirs-- is hard to imagine. But while losing a limb is certainly devastating, it’s not the end-- and the more than 35 amputees who ran the Boston Marathon this last Monday are proof of that.
After the bombs went off in Boston, local emergency rooms were inundated with trauma patients. In addition, those patients arrived with complex wounds typical of war zones, like those caused by IED shrapnel. What happens when an ordinary ER becomes a military hospital? How does a hospital prepare for a mass casualty-- and how does it adjust to these new circumstances?
Along with most of Boston, the MIT campus is on lockdown this morning after the death of campus police officer Sean Collier in a shootout with the Boston bombing suspects last night. An MIT student and professor describe the shifting emotions they've experienced this week as this story's developed.
As the day comes to a close, and the city continues to stay in lockdown - possibly for the entire weekend - two WGBH reporters and Boston residents give updates from where they're locked down, and reflections on the events of the week. Phillip Martin is WGBH Senior Investigative Reporter. And Edgar B. Herwick III is a reporter for WGBH radio.