Kandyce Hall |Staff Writer|
A manhunt for Boston bombing suspects has left one killed and the other captured, at the time of publication.
Boston police apprehended Dzhorkar Tsarnaev, 19, Fri., April 19 following a frenzied day long search after a shootout that left his brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead. A MIT campus police officer was also killed during the exchange of gunfire.
The brothers are allegedly responsible for the two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Mon., April 15 killing three and injuring over 170 people.
They were discovered through surveillance footage that was located down the marathon route.
Sources told The Daily News the homemade bombs were made from pressure cookers loaded with nails and other pieces of metal designed to carve up its victims.
Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s center for the study of hate crime and extremism, shared his thoughts on the bombings via blog on Huffington Post: “the recipe for bomb making is readily available on the Internet, and no one Internet location or extremist group has a monopoly on the dissemination of such information.”
According to The Huffington Post, Levin said, “There are three types of people who commit these types of attacks, the first is the ideologically motivated; they are either political or religious motivated or a combination of both, they could also be psychologically dangerous they could be a sociopath, or they could be someone with personal benefit or revenge.”
Levin believes that if the bombing is linked to religious extremists, it would set back the progress America has made since 9/11.
“If the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks are eventually linked to any kind of Muslim extremists, or even a deranged individual of Muslim origin, the likely impact is that this will set the clock back many years, if not a full decade, on the abating of the post 9/11 Islamophobia epidemic,” said Levin.
Students began to weigh in on the tragedy. Student Mylesha Davis said, “The bombing is devastating and disastrous not only for Boston but for the people of America.”
Student Daisy Ramos said, she held her breath when she heard about the bombing.
“Don’t let there be more bombings,” Ramos said. “Please let it stop now.”
The bombings in Boston have caused high alert around the nation. CSULA was evacuated on Thur., April 18 after the school received a telephoned bomb threat.
According to ABC News, the bomb squad began searching the campus at noon and called off the search when no evidence of a bomb was found.
Even though there was no bomb, many people remain on high alert throughout the country.