Marathon bombing manhunt as it unfolded in tweets

As events unfolded Thursday night into Friday, Boston Globe reporters, police, public officials, and ordinary citizens used the social media platform Twitter to tell the story in a dramatic, second-by-second account, sometimes with riveting, first-person details. The following is a collection of Globe and official tweets only, many pulled from the Globe’s live blog, beginning with the news of a shooting on the campus of MIT.

11:26 p.m.@GlobeJenPeter: The Globe’s @martinepowers,@Globemoskowitz,and @WesleyLowery en route to MIT shooting scene.

11:33 p.m.@GlobeJenPeter: State police confirms the MIT cop has sustained life-threatening injuries. #mitshooting


11:35 p.m.@GlobeMoskowitz: 30+ cruisers - state, transit, Cambridge, and K9 - visible outside Stata, helicopters overhead. MIT shooting report ...

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1:11 a.m. @WesleyLowery: Talking to locals who heard gunshots and explosions. Many almost run off the road by police. #MITShooting

1:22 a.m.@WesleyLowery: Horrifying silence right now. Cops have largely left this ­area and run further toward alleged explosions/shootout

1:20 a.m. RT @MITnews: Situation is still volatile. Remain indoors until further information, updates at

2:16 a.m.@BostonPolice: There is an active incident ongoing in Watertown. Residents in that area are advised to remain in their homes. More details when available.


2:26 a.m.@MiltonValencia: Bombing suspect in custody, another remains on the loose via @BostonGlobe

2:50 a.m.@WesleyLowery: Police on the scene have stressed from the very beginning that they fear suspect has access to phone-triggered IEDs

2:51 a.m.@shelleymurph: Source: One of suspects in Boston Marathon bombing captured in Watertown, ­second one on the run. #bostonmarathon

2:53 a.m.@WesleyLowery: Local here telling stories of being pulled from houses. Each person in homes being laid on ground, questioned by officers

3:08 a.m.@WesleyLowery: Parade of more than 25 cruisers just peeled out. Headed away from original scene/current perimeter


3:15 a.m.@JaclynReiss: swat tanks loaded with military personnel just rushed onto the scene at Quimby and Nichols #Watertown

3:17 a.m.@abtran: Christie Rojas, 18, was walking down Arsenal St looking to buy cigarettes when a cop told her to go back due to possible foot pursuit

3:18 a.m.@mariasacchetti: Some people displaced from homes in watertown b/c police closed streets. One woman has waited two hours since cab dropped her off.

3:31 a.m.@GlobeJenPeter: MBTA spokesman: A transit officer is being treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds.

3:46 a.m.@MassStatePolice: Police will be going door by door, street by street, in and around Watertown. Police will be clearly identified.

4:06 a.m. (Police Commissioner) @EdDavis3: One suspect dead. One at large. Armed and dangerous. White hat suspect at large.

4:22 a.m.@MiltonValencia: Carjack in Cambridge, some time after MIT cop shot. Leads to Watertown. Gunfire again. IEDs thrown. MBTA cop shot. 1 defendant shot, 1 gone

4:24 a.m.@GlobeJenPeter: BPD Commissioner: We believe he is a terrorist. We believe he is came here to kill people.

4:37 a.m.@MITnews: A suspicious package has been reported in the area of 500 Memorial Drive. Please stay away from this until further notice.

5:20 a.m.@JaclynReiss: Police are checking cars coming into and going out of #watertown

5:39 a.m.@akjohnson1922: Sun is rising in #watertown. Scene still active.

5:46 a.m. @GarrettQuinn: Curt Schwartz: Governor has suspended all public transportation as a safety measure

5:56 a.m.@Harvard: Harvard University is closed due to public safety concerns. Please watch Harvard’s Emergency page for updates:

6:09 a.m. @GarrettQuinn: Police are reminding all residents of Watertown, Waltham, Belmont, Allston-Brighton, and Cambridge to stay indoors.

6:46 a.m. @DanielAdams86: With MBTA closed, area colleges appear to be closing too. @EmersonCollege is closed until further notice, asking students to stay inside.

7:15 a.m.@GarrettQuinn: Manhunt underway for Suspect #2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19, a Chechen resident of Cambridge

7:25 a.m. @SwatiSharma: MIT, Harvard, Brandeis, BU, BC, Boston Conservatory, Bentley, Suffolk, Northeastern, Simmons, Berklee, Wheelock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Tufts, Emmanuel, and Emerson have canceled classes today. Babson reported it is still open because it is not in one of the affected communities.

7:25 a.m. @WesleyLowery: Now in Cambridge, outside of apartment believed to be shared by suspects. State police have street blocked off

8:16 a.m.@Boston_Police: All taxi service in the City of Boston has been suspended pending further notice

8:36 a.m. @akjohnson1922: Officers converging on Quimby Street and Willow street , guns drawn Military Police now pushing crowd back. #watertown

9:22 a.m. @davabel: Just spoke to two Transit police officers who told me that their colleague who was shot is “going to live” and is “a good, brave dude.”

9:25 a.m. @jtuohey21: An explosive trigger was found on the dead brother’s body at the morgue.

12:30 p.m.@martinepowers: South Station completely locked down Police aren’t even letting people walk on the sidewalk outside. Whole block is guarded.

6:23 p.m.@Boston_Police: #CommunityAlert: Gov Patrick says the ‘stay indoor’ request has been lifted and MBTA service has been restored.

6:28 p.m.@Boston_Police: #CommunityAlert: Col. Alben of State Police says the search continues & the suspect will be caught. If you see the suspect call 9-1-1.