Nightly News   |  April 20, 2013

How events unfolded in Boston manhunt

The blanket of fear on this community was lifted when it was confirmed that 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was no longer a threat. NBC’s Kerry Sanders recounts how the events unfolded

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>>> good evening. behind me is copley scaquare, where it all started. tonight, boston's terrorizing week is over. a pair of brothers. one is dead, the other badly injured, but captured. if those bombs that went off here last monday knocked this city to its knees, then the dramatic events in watertown last evening surely helped put it on its feet. across the area, people celebrated in the streets, grateful after a law enforcement dragnet of a scale never before seen in this country, brought this ordeal to a climatic, but peaceful ending. we learn more about what happened and the people police say did it. let's start with nbc's kerry sanders , who was right in the thick of things when the man hunt ended.

>> good evening. a day later and details of the hunt and capture of the most wanted man in america. today in this sports crazy town at the red sox game, tributes to the victims and cheers for the first responders. the blanket of fear on this community was lifted when it was confirmed that 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev was no longer a threat. 4:30 a.m ., authorities notified the city a fugitive was on the loose. a good portion of watertown was already awake because it sounded like a war zone . one suspect, 26-year-old tamerlan tsarnaev, was dead, and another, his younger brother , had escaped a police dragnet. 7:59 a.m ., daylight. deval patrick does what no governor in modern u.s. history has done. he orders nearly a million people to stay home. the greater boston area shutdown. heavily armed officers in watertown searched for the suspect, house to house. residents trapped in their homes, but anxious to talk, communicate by phone, text and the internet.

>> all day long, we just kept looking at each other, my husband and i, saying, is this really happening? and we're watching the tv and it just felt like we were inside this strange nightmare.

>> 6:08 p.m . officials tell residents the imminent threat is over and they're free to leave their homes.

>> we do not have an apprehension of our suspect this afternoon, but we will have one.

>> no one could have guessed how quickly that would happen. 6:55 p.m . 47 minutes after the order was lifted, shots fired. police converged on a house a half mile from where they had last seen the suspect more than 16 hours earlier. watertown resident dave hen benry had seen something suspicious in the boat.

>> a small pool of blood.

>> at least 12 more shots are fired as s.w.a.t. teams and a police helicopter take up positions around and above the boat. new pictures released by massachusetts state police today show what they say is the suspect hiding in the boat. under cover of darkness, a negotiator is rushed to the scene. and much to the relief of the nation, at 8:45 p.m ., the suspect is is captured. tonight, the area around the boat and the boat itself remain sealed off by police. lester?

>> kerry sanders , thanks, and while