ATLANTA - Atlanta residents watched as police searched for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing on Friday, including many with ties to the area and the marathon itself.
Thousands of officers with rifles and armored vehicles swarmed the streets in and around the city on Friday, hunting for a 19-year-old college student wanted in the bombing after his older brother and alleged accomplice was killed in a furious getaway attempt overnight.
During the long night of violence, the brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle, authorities said.
Marathon Runners Watch Closely
Atlanta resident Laura Glenn told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot the day’s events made her heart sink. Glenn ran in the marathon on Monday, finishing about 30 minutes before the explosions.
“I heard it, and you know, your first reaction was like, great. I'm glad these individuals have been caught, and then you heard shortly after that first blip that the first one has been killed and the second one is on the loose and then your heart just sinks because you're like here we go again,” Glenn said. “You knew these guys were capable of doing terrible things.”
Glenn was meeting her husband after the race when she heard the bombs on Monday.
“We were standing there, you know. I described it the other day as a dumpster being dropped and I looked at my husband and I just thought, 'That was strange. That didn't sound right,’” Glenn said.
Dunwoody runner Izumi Alcober crossed the finish line just twenty minutes before the bombings.
“My heart was just totally shattered. So sad,” Alcober said. “We live in a day and age where these things happen.”
Alcober told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik she has kept a close eye on the investigation.
"I was very impressed with how quickly they were able to find those suspects and were able to go after them," she said.
Sandy Springs resident Mike Lenhart agreed. Lenhart was a guide for a disabled runner, but they never finished the race.
"It's hard to imagine, first, that anyone would do that," Lenhart said.
"My hope is that this can quickly come to a close and we can move on to the next phase for all of us, which I think is the healing process," he said.
Search for remaining suspect
The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers who had lived in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia.
They had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said, and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and was seen in surveillance footage of the marathon in a black baseball cap, was killed overnight, officials said. His younger brother, who had been dubbed Suspect No. 2 and was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap in the images from Monday's deadly bombing -- escaped and was on the run.
The citywide lockdown brought Boston to a standstill, but technology still made it possible for residents to communicate.
Students wait on developments
Sofia Kouninis is an Emory student from Boston. She spent some time on Skype talking with her father.
Kouninis told Channel 2’s Wendy Coronoa that her father is one of five people locked in a Cambridge office building, just a block away from a huge police operation.
“When this all started I asked my mom if I could come right home,” she said.
Jim Russell is a sophomore at Boston University but from Atlanta. He talked with Corona on Skype from his dormitory.
“Everyone is kind of just following what we've been told to do and staying inside,” Russell said.
Russell said his defense mechanism is to not get caught up in what’s happening and focus on his homework.