NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers are closely following the developments in the Boston area as the manhunt continues for a young man described by authorities as a dangerous terrorist wanted in the deadly marathon bombings.
Two suspects in Monday’s attack killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer and threw explosives at police in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large by morning, officials said.
An intense manhunt is now under way for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Many New Yorkers have been on edge since the bombings and expressed shock after hearing the latest news Friday.
“It’s shocking…it’s kind of been playing out like a movie — there’s a robbery and a shooting and then a carjacking. It’s all been kind of surreal,” New Yorker Peter Cory said.
“My first reactions were ‘Thank the Lord’ and maybe now there’s a little bit of closure for the people in Boston,” New Yorker Jason Johnson said. “My heart goes out to Boston, I’ve been in Boston, I love the city and this is just a tragedy that should’ve been prevented.”
“I just hope he’s caught alive so he can stand trial for the crimes he committed. We gotta know why, why the senseless violence?” Johnson said of the suspect at large.
“It’s sort of like a movie,” Washington Heights resident Alex Sapado said. “It seemed like they wanted to get caught to have this confrontation. The fact that they had bombs on them and they had guns on them tells me they were looking for that.”
A Westchester man said his 21-year-old daughter who is a senior at Northeastern University in the heart of Boston is in lockdown along with the rest of the city, but said she is not cowering in fear.
“She’s not the type of person who is going to hide, I think that guy has more to worry about than civilians do,” the man, who identified himself as Bobby so as to protect his daughter’s identity, said. “He better hope that the FBI and police get him because if some of the parents get that guy, he’s in deeper trouble.”
New Yorkers have been vigilant since two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180. By Wednesday, the NYPD had received more than 135 reports of suspicious packages.
Although the NYPD has said there are no specific threats, the city has been taking extra security precautions.
The NYPD mobilized 1,000 members of its anti-terrorism squad. Hundreds more uniformed and undercover officers are on patrol while so-called “Hercules” teams guard monuments, iconic structures, houses of worship and other potential targets.
Police also have a network of 3,000 surveillance cameras to monitor suspicious objects and activities.
Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, who was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police Thursday night, are believed to be from Chechnya or near Chechnya, CBS News reported.
“There are terrorists from that country and they’re living here in Boston,” Congressman Peter King told 1010 WINS. “My concern is that they were able to live in the United States for a year and plan this attack.”
King said the NYPD and other local authorities are critical to stopping these types of attacks.
“It’s very important that we have the police active in the community, finding out what’s happening because we’re not going to be finding out about it from overseas,” King said. “This is within our own country and we have to be concerned in this case whether these two brothers are acting alone or if there’s others here in the country also waiting to carry out attacks.”
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