Even as the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bedside hearings continue and the story of the brothers' motives comes into view — even as the terror prosecution begins of a patient now in fair condition — vivid details are beginning to emerge about the night of mayhem in Watertown, Massachusetts. Indeed, perhaps lost in the lockdown of the neighborhood and the ensuing boat capture last Friday are the confusing early-morning hours between when the brothers Tsarnaev killed an MIT police officer (laid to rest today) and when Dzhokhar ran over Tamerlan and went into hiding. Admit it: You've probably been wondering what ever happened to that naked guy arrested on TV in the middle of the night, or where those 200 bullets ended up in the middle of a suddenly not-so-sleepy neighborhood. Wonder no more.
Where Did All Those Bullets Go?
(The block on Laurel Avenue where residents told The Boston Globe they spotted a green Honda Civic out their windows, apparently with Tamerlan Tsarnaev firing a gun behind it as police presence came in — and a pressure cooker came hurled back in their direction.)
Short Answer: Everywhere.
Explanation: According to Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau, 200-300 shots were fired, shortly before 1 a.m. and they weren't all direct shots. Indeed, many of those shots were originally reported not by CNN or the police-scanner happy reporters on social media that night but by Watertown residents themselves, ducking for cover, evacuated or not. Andrew Kitzenberg lives on the Laurel Avenue block where the firefight went down, and after live-tweeting the whole thing (not to mention conduct live Skype interviews on cable TV), he's posted a whole new batch of remarkable iPhone photos from out his bedroom window. Seriously, go check out Kitzenberg's photos over at the blog for his startup, OnHand. But notice that one of his photos shows the residential unfurling of the authorities' mid-street shootout with the holed-up bombers:
That's a little frightening, and perhaps is a testamant to the luck in this case that bystanders weren't harmed during a gun blaze. The authorities recovered four firearms in their investigation, including an M-4 carbine rifle on that fateful boat, which was apparently obtained illegally, according to The New York Times, which adds:
Two handguns and a BB gun that the authorities believe the brothers used in an earlier shootout with officers in Watertown were also recovered, said one official briefed on the investigation. The authorities said they believe the suspects had fired roughly 80 rounds in that shootout, in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally wounded, the official said.
Kitzenberg's under-pressure photography also showed us a first hand glimpse of what the shootout looked like...