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Watertown residents applaud police following the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
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Watertown residents applaud police following the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Boston Bombings | Relieved and grateful Bostonians applaud the apprehension of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

UPDATE (10:33 p.m.): Following the capture tonight of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass., home, residents of the neighborhood lined the streets to cheer on members of the various law enforcement agencies who helped make their community safe again.

“Tonight we can sleep a bit easier,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who will now be responsible for prosecuting the case.

According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding out in a boat after the boat’s owner ventured out of his home just before 7 p.m., saw blood around the boat, looked in and saw the suspect, and called 911. Law enforcement personnel rushed to the scene, exchanged gunfire with the suspect, and after a nearly two-hour standoff, removed him from the boat.

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Davis said Tsarnaev was hospitalized in serious condition.

“Justice is being served for the victims of these crimes,” said FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers at a press conference held shortly after the capture.

Shortly after 10 p.m., President Obama addressed the nation from the White House, saying the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “closed an important chapter in this tragedy.”

Obama said the nation owes a debt of gratitude to law enforcement officials and the people of Boston.

“We will determine what happened,” he said. “We will investigate any association that these terrorists may have had, and we’ll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe.”

UPDATE (8:46 p.m.): Boston police have confirmed that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been apprehended in a Watertown, Mass., neighborhood.

UPDATE (8:23 p.m.): The Associated Press reports that a law enforcement official has confirmed that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is holed up in a boat in a backyard on Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass.

UPDATE (8:19 p.m.): Less than an hour after shots were heard in Watertown, Mass., this evening, a round of blasts could be heard. A state police spokesman said only that the activity was related to the search for 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ-TV the suspect was holed up in a boat parked in a backyard.

UPDATE (7:10 p.m.): There are reports of gunshots in Watertown, Mass., with emergency and military vehicles responding. Less than an hour after lifting a citywide lockdown, authorities are now telling residents in the Watertown area to stay indoors.

UPDATE (6:55 p.m.): Massachusetts and Boston authorities have lifted a citywide “stay indoors” request as law enforcement continues to search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference this evening that authorities “feel confident, based on what we know, we can return to living our lives.” The governor, who also said that mass transit service would resume, warned Boston residents to “remain vigilant.”

Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben, added, “We cannot continue to lock down an entire city or state.”

State police will join the Watertown police to beef up patrols in that community through Monday, adding 10 state police patrols in three shifts.

In the early morning shootout in Watertown that left 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead, his brother Dzhokhar, 19, escaped on foot after abandoning a car, according to Alben, who believes the suspect is still in Massachusetts because of his ties to the area.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau attempted to reassure residents in his community that “saturated patrols” along with the help of state police would help them “move forward as a community.” But he added, “Please say a prayer for those police officers.”

UPDATE (4 p.m.): Boston officials say police teams have searched about 70 percent of Watertown, Mass., where they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could be hiding out. Officials continue to urge residents to stay inside and keep their doors locked, only admitting identifiable police officers. 

Businesses in the area remain closed and the transit system has been shut down all day. Every school in the Boston area, including colleges, also remain closed.

Several events planned for this evening have been postponed, including the Boston Red Sox and Bruins games and a performance of the Big Apple Circus.

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Police have taken a computer from the home of the Boston bombing suspects' sister. Police have not released the woman's name but said she lives in West New York, N.J., with her husband. The cordoned off a three-story brick building where she lived. Earlier today, a woman at that address told a local newspaper she was sorry for the victims of the bombings and didn't know what got into her brothers. She also said she didn't know whether to believe that they were responsible for the attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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