WATERTOWN, Mass. – With a collective sigh of relief, public officials praised the efforts that lead to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect as Bostonians cheered the end of the intense manhunt that had virtually locked down the city.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Mayor Thomas Menino said during an evening news conference shortly after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured by authorities in Watertown.
“It’s a night where we are all going to rest easy,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.
In comments from the White House, President Obama praised the effort that led to the capture.
“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy.”
He pledged to seek answers on why the bombing took place and whether the suspects had help.
Tsarnaev, captured in a Watertown backyard after an hours-long standoff with police that included the sounds of gunshots and loud booms, was taken to a hospital. He was “in serious if not critical condition; he appears to have lost a lot of blood,” police spokesman David Procopio said.