Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in 'serious condition'

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April 20, 2013, 10:38 am
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(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) - Captured in a boat in a Watertown backyard after two gun battles with police, suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was listed in "serious" condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston Saturday morning.

Beyond confirming he was being treated, Beth Israel Deaconess referred all questions about his condition to the FBI. Tsarnaev left a trail of blood near the scene of a wild shootout at Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street in Watertown where he and his brother engaged in a 200-shot gun battle with police after a car chase in which they allegedly threw homemade bombs at pursuing officers. Then more gunfire was exchanged after Tsarnaev was found hiding under the covering of a boat behind a Franklin Street home.

Authorities had wanted to capture the second suspect alive to get answers to their questions about the origins and scope of the bombing plot that left 3 people dead and 180 wounded.

Coincidentally, Beth Israel was the same hospital where the older Tsarnaev brother was pronounced dead early Friday morning after the shootout. A hospital spokeswoman said that "we honestly don't know at this point" how BIDMC wound up with both bomber suspects. 

Of Boston's five qualified Level 1 trauma emergency rooms, Beth Israel Deaconess's would usually take the shortest amount of time for an ambulance crew to reach coming eastbound from Watertown on Soldiers Field Road and Storrow Drive.


With videographer Cameron T. Robbins

Tags: Peter Howe, bombing, Boston Marathon, Beth Israel, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Medical Center
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