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"We got him." Words from Boston's Mayor tonight -- after the capture of the marathon bombing suspect. He was found hiding in a boat -- in a backyard -- following a massive manhunt -- that shut the city down. CBS news Vinita Nair reports.

A CROWD IN WATERTOWN ERUPTED IN APPLAUSE AFTER HEARING POLICE GOT THEIR MAN. A SHORT TIME LATER- AN AMBULANCE LEFT THE SCENE- THE SUSPECT ACCUSED OF THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS- POSSIBLY INSIDE.

POLICE TOOK 19-YEAR OLD DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV- INTO CUSTODY. HE WAS FOUND HIDING IN A BOAT IN THE BACKYARD OF A HOME. CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED THE HOMEOWNER SAW A TEAR IN THE TARP PROTECTING HIS BOAT. HE LOOKED INSIDE- SAW A BLOODY MESS, AND CALLED 9-1-1. POLICE ARRIVED, SHOTS WERE FIRED AND EVENTUALLY- THEY CAPTURED HIM. THIS LATEST BREAK IN THE CASE CAME LESS THAN AN HOUR AFTER POLICE LIFTED A LOCKDOWN IN AND AROUND BOSTON.

TSARNAEV is from a former Soviet Republic near Chechnya. His 26 year old brother, TAMERLAN, WAS also a bombing suspect. HE was killed in a shootout with police overnight. The deadly confrontation came hours after the FBI released surveillance video and photos of the brothers.

Tsarnev became a citizen on September 11th of last year. A law enforcement source told CBS News his dead brother had jihadist videos on his internet accounts. Police say they started zeroing in on the brothers after they shot and killed a campus police officer last night at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When police caught up with them, the suspects fired at officers and threw explosives from the car as they tried to escape. Boston was turned into a ghost town after authorities ordered residents to stay inside and businesses not to open. The entire mass transit system was shut down.

Vinita Nair, CBS News, Boston.

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He was found hiding in a boat -- in a backyard -- following a massive manhunt -- that shut the city down. CBS News Vinita Nair has the latest.

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We're learning more tonight -- about the bombing suspects. The two brothers accused of terrorizing the city. Adriana Diaz continues our coverage.

TAMERLAN TSARNAEV (TSAR-NYE-YEV) AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER DZHOZKAR (JOE-KAR) HAD FAMILY ROOTS IN CHECHNYA BUT CAME TO THE US FROM RUSSIA AS CHILDREN.. AN UNCLE SAYS DZHOZKAR WAS BORN IN THE NEIGHBORING REPUBLIC OF DAGESTAN (DAG-UH-STAN), WHERE HE ATTENDED PRIMARY SCHOOL. HE SAYS THE TSARNAEV FAMILY MOVED TO THE CAMBRIDGE AREA 11 YEARS AGO. 

"They emigrated and received asylum." said the suspects uncle.

CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED DHOZKAR CAME TO THE UNITED STATES ON A TOURIST VISA IN APRIL 2002. HE RECEIVED PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS IN FEBRUARY 2007, AND BECAME A NATURALIZED CITIZEN ON SEPTEMBER 11 OF LAST YEAR, AT THIS CEREMONY AT BOSTON  GARDEN. DZHOZKAR ATTENDED THE PRESTIGOUS CAMBRIDGE RINDGE AND LATIN SCHOOL. ONE FORMER SCHOOLMATE WHO DIDN'T WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED AND TEACHERS- SAY HE'S THE LAST PERSON THEY WOULD SUSPECT.

"It's crazy. How you can know somebody and not know what they're planning." said LARRY AARONSON "There's nothing about him that would suggest anything like this - politics... religion.. Nothing."@

ADRIANA DIAZ CBS NEWS BOSTON

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The lockdown was unprecedented -- with more than a million people ordered to stay inside.

We talked with a young woman from Vermont who witnessed the bombings at the marathon -- and waited out the lockdown -- in her Boston apartment.

Karia Young-Eagle said in a phone interview, "There is just a lot of unknown and a lot of confused people and a lot of shocked people -- myself included. The whole thing is surreal -- it is just stranger than fiction."

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Before his capture -- the manhunt in Boston had a ripple effect in our region.

There was heightened security near the border crossings into Canada. In Highgate, traffic was funneled into a single lane to give agents a view of passing cars to see if the suspect managed to slip out of Boston and tried to escape into Canada.

Several FBI agents in Vermont were deployed to Boston.

Tris Coffin is the U-S Attorney for Vermont. He says Vermonters at the marathon also helped in the investigation by sending in photographs and video from that day. He would not comment on the investigation -- but says FBI agents from Vermont are in Boston helping out.

"Our FBI has been actively deployed from the earliest stages of this - we have an outstanding bomb technician who was deployed down there immediately after the event - evidence recovery team members are down there and more recently members of our tactical unit have been deployed down to Boston." said Coffin.

Vermont State Police are also assisting. They staged a Tactical Support Unit vehicle in Brattleboro in case there's a request for assistance in Massachusetts. And the Vermont Information and Analysis Center is ready to process any requests they might get.

 

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