Boston jihadi bombers killed Sean Collier because they needed another gun
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports that investigators believe Sean Collier was killed because the Tsarnaev brothers needed a second gun for the younger brother. Problem is they couldn’t unholster it:
“The original question is they walked up to that car and appeared they shot the officer in the head unprovoked, that it was an assassination. But why? How did that fit into their plan? The operating theory now in the investigation is they were short one gun. The older brother had a gun. They wanted to get a gun for the younger brother and the fastest and most efficient way they could think of doing it was a surprise attack on a cop, to take his weapon and go. Officer Collier had a locking holster, it’s like a three-way lock. If you don’t know how to remove the gun, you’re not going to get it out. There was apparently an attempt to yank it and they couldn’t get it and left.”
They also report on the conversation between the jihadi brothers and their car-jacked victim:
Chilling new details also came out Monday from the victim who was carjacked during Friday’s rampage.
“They basically said we did the Boston Marathon bombing, but the rest of their conversation is in Russian,” Miller said. ”Now, the carjack victim doesn’t speak much English and he doesn’t speak any Russian. So, he was debriefed very carefully about ‘what else could you hear they said?’
“He said the only word I recognized was Manhattan. That tripped a lot. That’s why we saw last week stopping the trains from Boston to New York, searching the trains, and the NYPD flipped on it’s network of license plate readers at all of the bridges and tunnels coming into the city and loaded all of the license plates associated with these guys, because if they were headed to New York, they wanted to make sure that that tripped before they got in.”
MIT has released a statement about the shooting, stating that authorities are investigating the situation. Students are advised to stay inside.
Update on shooter incident. Responding agencies continue to investigate the situation. The scene is outside of Building 32 (Stata) and 76 (Koch) near Vassar and Main Streets. Injuries have been reported. The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside," the update read.
11:30 P.M.: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued an emergency report late Thursday night stating that gunshots were fired on campus. At the same time, sources on Twitter issued reports of an “officer down” at the prestigious university.
Details are scarce about the MIT shooting, but according to an emergency services update from MIT, an armed gunman appears to be on campus. Shots were reportedly fired around 10:48 p.m. EDT.
“At 10:48 p.m. today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies. The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred. Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous, an investigation is underway. Updates will be provided at this site when more information becomes available,” MIT’s emergency update read in full.
At the same time, Jennifer Peter of the Boston Globe tweeted about the MIT shooting, stating that MIT’s police chief has said an officer was shot on campus.
“MIT police chief says that one of his officers is down. Apparently a shooting on campus,” Peter tweeted.
Several of Peter’s followers mentioned in replies to her tweets that a 7-11 was robbed in the area. The shooting may be related to the robbery. No connection has been made to Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombing.
Peter later tweeted that the officer appears to be in critical condition.
"State police confirms the MIT cop has sustained life-threatening injuries," Peter tweeted.
Minutes later, WPTV’s Juan Diasgrandados tweeted that the suspect apparently shot the officer with his own gun after stealing it. The suspect is allegedly wearing a cowboy hat.
“#AUTHORITIES: Suspect stole officers gun, shot officer at #MIT, then Fled... Police looking for suspect with cowboy hat,” Diasgrandados tweeted.
Two suspects appear to have robbed a 7-11 in Cambridge, Mass. late Thursdat night before fleeing to the MIT campus. There, they shot and killed a campus police officer before fleeing to nearby Watertown. On the way, the suspects fired on police and reportedly dropped hand grenades from their stolen Mercedes. Once in Watertown, the suspects engaged in a firefight with Boston and Watertown police. Boston’s Channel 5 News reported that the suspects fired as many as 25 rounds in a single minute. Police managed to capture one suspect, and another appears to have been shot and taken to Beth Israel hospital
Update 3:10 A.M.: According to WFSB's Kevin Michael, Boston police have stated the names of both Boston Marathon bombing suspects over police scanner: Suspect one is Mike Mulugeta, and Suspect 2 is Sunil Tripathi. Police chatter should not be taken as official statements.
Update 3 A.M.: The Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured by police appears to be Sunil Tripathi, a student missing from Brown University, the Atlantic's Matt O'Brien reports.