It is a success that Suspect #2 in the Boston bombings has been apprehended, but in the 24/7 news coverage and press conferences one major question has been left unanswered, and barely asked:
How did he escape the shootout after his brother was killed and he was surrounded by dozens of police, FBI, and other law enforcement, all unloading massive ordnance in his direction?
The press conference Friday afternoon ended abruptly just when the questions about this started coming, and it was obvious that the humiliation and grievous error of having let this monster slip through the line was something that no one wanted to give voice to.
After all, it resulted in the entire city being in lock down for all a full day.
In this morning’s newspaper, there was a map with a key showing the chain of events and locations of each of them, similar to this shot that was apparently on CNN.
Conspicuously absent from it was a marker showing the location of the boat in which Suspect 2 was hiding. In the fine print one could read that he was apprehended more than “half a mile from the house-to-house search area”.
If this is so, then showing the final location on the map above would have been a very embarrassing graphic for the Boston police department for the obvious reason that how could a wounded man escape from so many law enforcement personnel, and get so far away from the search area?
I think the final location (the boat in the backyard) was intentionally left off of all the graphics this morning.
There has been a collective “look the other way” about this issue, and I don’t like it. I think it is a fair question for society to ask: what went wrong before it went right?
Here is another question: there was talk of Suspect #2 running over his brother with the carjacked car, presumably after his brother had been shot….but later on the story changed and indicated that he “fled on foot”. Here is a paragraph that blends both stories:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his already wounded brother as he fled, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. At some point, he abandoned his car and ran away on foot. <source>
What happened to the car?
“At some point” he abandoned it?
Weren’t they in hot pursuit of the car as he escaped?
How could dozens of high powered rifles fail to stop the vehicle or the driver?
Didn’t they see him get out of the car and start running?
What is the real story?