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Second bombing Suspect in Custody, in serious condition

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By Chris Sheppard


WATERTOWN, Mass. - Applause rang out on Franklin Street in Watertown as the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is now in custody, and is in serious condition at an area hospital.

Officers are currently sweeping the area in a residual safety check.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says the suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, tried to elude police by remaining slightly outside the search perimeter.

On Friday evening, the suspect exchanged gunfire with law enforcement for about an hour while posted up in a boat before he was captured.

The suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found alive and is now in police custody. The arrest is the culmination of a massive manhunt that left the city of Boston and some of its suburbs virtually paralyzed.

Tsarnaev's 26-year-old brother Tamerlan was killed Friday in an attempt to escape police.

The two brothers are suspects in Monday's bombings of the Boston Marathon, which has left three people dead and wounded more than 180 people. The two men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer late Thursday.

On Friday, authorities suspended all mass transit and asked close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as police and FBI continued to search for the second suspect.

In a speech shortly after Tsarnaev was captured, President Obama praised the city of Boston and its suburbs for their efforts to capture the bombing suspects. "We have seen the character of this country once more," Obama said.

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