Watertown Residents React to Lockdown

Updated 2 years ago

It’s been a chaotic scene in the Boston suburb of Watertown and the surrounding communities. Imagine being locked in your home while police hunt for a suspected terrorist who’s armed, dangerous and desperate.It began late Thursday night, after authorities released pictures of the two men suspected of carrying out the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon earlier this week. Within a few hours, police had chased the two men, brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, to Watertown, a Boston suburb. Residents we talked to describe how the scene unfolded, including former Bangor resident Merideth Lambert. “I could see cop car lights and hear things going on. I was almost scared to even look because, then we did hear what we weren’t sure were gunshots or explosives, but we heard loud noises and there just a stream of cop cars going by and it was just scary. It was really scary.””This was about 3:00 in the morning and it was completely lit up. Just police cars, news trucks, people just a lot of activity going on but I’ve never seen so many police cars on one street before in my life.”As dawn broke SWAT teams took to the streets in search of the fugitive.”I was standing at the front door and I could see tactical teams what looked from my vantage point approaching a car there was a streetlight there. It was instead teams that were progressively moving closer to us, and going through every backyard, every porch, every garden, every garage. Very methodically moving down and eventually ended up in our backyard.”Residents were told by police to remain locked in their homes like prisoners while a suspected terrorist who’s thought to be armed, dangerous and desperate was loose on the streets of their town.”There’s nothing I can do: we can’t leave. There’s no cars that can enter or leave Watertown, so my only option is to stay in my house. You know if I hear anything or see anything at least I won’t be caught off guard. I think that’s all you can do right now.””To wake up this morning and have this happen in my backyard. I don’t have hate, I don’t hate things, I don’t hate people, but I hate what this has done to how I feel and how I approach things, and how I look at things and I hate these people.”


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