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April 19, 2013
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Early morning shoot-out leaves one suspect dead, other on the lam (VIDEO)

WATERTOWN, Mass. — One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead while the other remains at large after a gun battle with Boston Police as of 1:40 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, according to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

The first suspect was killed in a shoot-out with police, according to the Associated Press.

An active manhunt for second suspect was still underway at 1:40 a.m. PST as authorities called a press conference to warn residents of Watertown to remain in their homes and call emergency responders if they witness suspicious activity.

“We believe this man to be a terrorist,” Davis said. “We believe he came here to kill people.’’

Authorities established a 20-block perimeter in Watertown, Mass and the Boston Globe has posted a photograph of the other suspect in the bombings.

State police spokesman David Procopio said, “The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers,” according to the Associated Press.

A MIT campus police officer was shot and killed and a Massachusetts transit authority officer was wounded in the firefight, according to multiple reports.

Hundreds of officers and National Guard members congregated in Watertown, where television outlets reported that gunfire and explosions were heard. Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted “fire in the hole.”

Reporters were told to move away from the scene.

A police officer told a reporter: “If you want to live, turn off your cell phone,” according to the AP.

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