NBC's timeline of Boston bombing developments, from the release of suspect photos to immediate aftermath of police gun battle with suspects. ›
- April 18, 5 p.m. (all times ET and approximate) – The FBI releases photos and a surveillance video that show two men, one wearing a white baseball cap and the second wearing a black cap. The two men were each carrying backpacks in the footage. The FBI said they should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”
- 7:10 p.m. – NBC News’ Pete Williams reports that the FBI has begun receiving names in response to their release of photos.
- 10:20 p.m. – Gunshots are reported on the MIT campus. It is unknown at this time whether or not injuries have occurred. The site is considered “active and extremely dangerous” according to a university alert, and the area is cordoned off by responders.
- Around 10:30 p.m. – An MIT police officer is found shot in his vehicle. He is taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced deceased. Shortly after the shooting, police receive a report of an armed carjacking in a separate section of Cambridge. The carjacking victim is held at gunpoint by two males for a half hour before being released unhurt at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, according to a statement by the Middlesex District Attorney.
- Some time after this – it’s unclear exactly when – police engage in a pursuit into Watertown following the carjacked vehicle. Explosive devices are reportedly thrown from the SUV, according to the district attorney’s statement, and an MBTA police officer is seriously injured. One of the suspects is critically injured, and later pronounced deceased, according to the statement
- 11:20 p.m. – Authorities continue to investigate what is now considered an “active shooter incident” on the MIT campus and people are told to stay indoors and away from the area. Around this time, the suspects tried to use a debit card stolen from the man whose car they jacked to withdraw money from three ATMs, a person with direct knowledge of the incident told NBC’s Pete Williams. The first attempt was unsuccessful, but they withdrew $800 on the second attempt. At the third ATM, at 11:20 p.m., a withdrawal was denied for exceeding the man’s daily limit. 11:41 p.m. – MIT alert says that injuries have been reported in the shooting on campus. “The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside.”
- 11:44 p.m. – The Massachusetts State Police say in a statement that the search for a suspect or suspects is considered ongoing.
- April 19, about 12:15 a.m. – A statement from the Middlesex District Attorney says Cambridge police and the Massachusetts State Police are investigating a “fatal shooting” in Cambridge, believed to be the MIT officer.
- 12:31 a.m. – MIT advises people on campus to remain indoors. “Police have NOT determined that the campus is safe.”
- About 1:15 a.m. – NBC News’ Tom Winter reports a massive police presence, including state troopers and police cruisers with lights and sirens blaring, in the Boston suburb of Watertown, where there were reports of violence. Several ambulances were also on the scene.
- 1:51 a.m. – Tom Winter reports that the National Guard and FBI are on scene in Watertown, and have secured a perimeter.
- 1:57 a.m. – “Police have determined that the suspect in this evening’s shooting is no longer on campus,” MIT tweets. “It is now safe to resume normal activities.”
- 2 a.m. – The FBI releases four new photos of the two men, one in a white hat and one in a black hat, at the Boston Marathon.
- 2:20 a.m. – The New York Times publishes an article quoting Watertown residents who say that two men hid behind a black Mercedes SUV and engaged in a shootout with a large number of police officers. The men, about 200 feet apart, exchanged “constant gunfire,” and the two shooters lit an explosive that lands in the space between themselves and the police, then exploded. One of the two men then ran toward police and was tackled, an eyewitness tells the Times.
- About 2:45 a.m. – While it is known that one suspect is down in Watertown, it is still not clear whether or not the shooting at MIT and the firefight in Watertown are related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
- 2:54 a.m. – Watertown resident and eyewitness Andrew Kitzenberg tells MSNBC that authorities have deployed a bomb squad robot near where the shootout occurred.
- 4:16 a.m. – Two law enforcement sources tell NBC News that the suspect pictured in the black hat is dead, and the suspect in the white hat is at-large and considered armed and dangerous. The officials say the shootings at MIT and in Watertown are directly related to the marathon bombings.
“I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific. Two explosions. Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror.” ›
— A Boston Herald reporter on two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Developing details
This is so incredibly scary. Thoughts with everyone involved and everyone nearby.
Before we start the broadcast tonight, I just want to address my recent absence from the national conversation. As the hub around which the republic turns, I can understand why the machinery of this great nation ground to a halt last week when you were denied (motions to face) this. Now I know you felt the same way I do when I’m in a room with no mirrors.
And folks, there were some wild rumors about why I was gone. These are actual rumors from the actual Internets: some people said my show was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission at the request of the Federal Election Commission because I was about to announce my presidential candidacy — not gonna happen; others said I was cancelled because I offended the Catholic Church when I compared to the Pope’s hat to a giant, yet stylish, prophylactic; still others said I was in rehab — always an attractive option if they have that for Diet Coke.
And one person — or whatever part of that original person has not been dermabrased off of Joan Rivers’s skull — accused me of taking time off to have plastic surgery. (Plays video of Joan Rivers saying ‘He had a nose job.’) Wrong, Joan — I did not have my eyes done. That is ridiculous. I had my ass done. The doctors cranked this thing so high and tight I can barely blink now. Anyway, rumors quelled: moving on.
Oh, one more thing: evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails.
STEPHEN COLBERT, opening the Feb. 20, 2012 edition of The Colbert Report, after returning from a two-day hiatus during which he tended to his ill mother.
He ended the monologue by saying “Confidential to a lovely lady,” before making an apparent gesture of support to his mom.
- The Economist: Self-ascribed as “the most trusted source of global news analysis,” The Economist has been delivering noteworthy news pieces since 1843. This Tumblr page aggregates thought-provoking quotes, the week’s cartoon, and curated long-form pieces from the Economist website and the magazine.
- Short Form Blog: Short Form’s motto is: “Read a little. Learn a lot.” This Tumblr is perfect for news junkies on the go. It delivers important news in bite-size nuggets, so you don’t waste anytime reading fluff while trying to keep up with the latest news. Pull quotes and succinct summaries make this Tumblr a must for news advocates who are short on time.
- Brooklyn Mutt: Peter Wade of The Daily runs this catch-all Tumblr blog. The site is primarily concerned with rounding up the latest news—from breaking stories and international headlines, to movie releases, viral memes, celebrity tweets, and more.
- Neigborhoodr: Sometimes quality local news is tough to find. The Neighborhoodr Tumblr blogs are looking to change that with their hyper-localized network of news blogs. Just choose your city from the list and read up on local issues. It’s a great way to stay informed of neighborhood initiatives, events, and more.
- Journal of a Journalist: For true news-philes, this blog by Neil Ungerleider of Fast Company, provides interesting insight into the world of journalism. You’ll find interesting news stories, invaluable commentary, and an awesome sci-fi slant. A great place to find news you didn’t even know you cared about.
- GOOD: GOOD is a great place to stay informed on all things humming in the philanthropic world. Whether it’s the latest efforts to reform education, new findings on gender disparity in the media world, or a think piece on organic wine, you can get all of your humanitarian-focused news here.
- Future Journalism Project: The Future Journalism Project “explores disruption, opportunity, and innovation in journalism” and it sure does deliver. You’ll find tons of news pieces relating to the current state of journalism—and tons more on what’s soon to come. Whether you’re looking for insight into Patch, Pinterest, or issues affecting journalism, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for on the Future Journalism Project. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on issues affecting the news industry.
- Breaking News: CNN’s Breaking News has an extremely active Twitter account, Facebook page, and website. So it should come as little surprise that their Tumblr page is yet another great medium to get the latest in breaking news. This clean, streamlined blog shows headline-worthy photos and posts important news from around the globe.
- The Atlantic: The Atlantic’s Tumblr blog is a perfect antidote to offset the anxious lulls between the magazine’s released issues. It showcases gorgeous photos, provocative quotes, and interesting memes found across the web. It’s a great way to keep up with the publication while you eagerly await the next full issue.
- Mother Jones: Get your MoJo fix in a whole new way, with the Mother Jones Tumblr page. The site features a range of intriguing news bits—from pressing current issues, economic op-eds, and political insights, to viral memes and witty pictures. Plus, if you feel so inclined, you can ask a MoJo editor anything you want using Tumblr’s Q&A feature.
Awesome list. No imwithkanye though. #disappointed
When I was growing up, you had three networks. Whether you were a Republican or a Democrat, you took basically the same facts in and you digested them and you came up with your own opinions. Now we tend to go to the place that best represents what we believe in, Fox News if you’re conservative, MSNBC if you’re liberal, what have you. We’re starting from such a polarized place in the aisle that we’re unable to get together and talk about the things that are actually important.
For historical purposes, I’m keeping this running tab of who reported what about Gaddafi. I’ll update as needed; please feel free to leave relevant links in my replies.
- 0734 Eastern — CNN carries report that a “big fish” had been captured in Libya; no confirmation that it was Gaddafi or what the circumstances were
- 0804 Eastern — First Reuters report citing NTC official saying Gaddafi died
- 0812 Eastern — Reuters writethru saying same
- 0812 Eastern — Al Jazeera English carries Reuters report; cites own sources that Gaddafi had been wounded
- 0824 Eastern — CNN cites Al-Ahrar televised report that Gaddafi died; Al-Ahrar is an NTC media operation.
- 0824 Eastern — The Guardian posts what is claimed to be a cell phone photo of “the arrest” of Gaddafi.
- 0824 Eastern — In report of Sirte falling to rebel forces, The New York Times cites Al Jazeera’s reports that Gaddafi had been captured, and Reuters’s report that he had been killed; points out both sourced the NTC and that there has been no independent confirmation of either report.
- 0826 Eastern — The Guardian cites NTC spokesperson saying Gaddafi is dead, and his body is arriving in the city of Misrata “any minute now.”
- 0837 Eastern — Guardian defense correspondent reports on NATO attack on “convoy in which is (sic) is thought Gaddafi was travelling,” still no cofirmation of Gaddafi was in convoy, “but that is what is being reported in Libya”
- 0839 Eastern — CNN reporting that “AbdelHakim Bilhajj, head of the National Transitional Council military arm in Tripoli, announced live on Al-Jazeera Arabic Thursday that deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is dead.” Also cites Al Ahrar report of Gaddafi’s demise.
- 0844 Eastern — AP Tweets that NATO has confirmed it struck “a convoy of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists fleeing Sirte.”
- 0858 Eastern — The New York Times reports the NTC “confirmation” of Gaddafi death.
- 0903 Eastern — AP Tweets “Officials in Libyan government say Gaddafi captured, possibly killed” but cautious to say no senior officials have confirmed
- 0906 Eastern — Reuters says NTC official confirms that the photo seen earlier “is of Muamma Gaddafi.”
- 0911 Eastern — AP Tweets cites Libyan NTC official saying “Our people in Sirte saw the body.”
- 0942 Eastern — Al Arabiya reporting Gaddafi’s death, attributed to NTC military officials.
- 0953 Eastern — Al Jazeera too.
- 1001 Eastern — The New York Times reporting Gaddafi’s death, citing NTC.
- 1030 Eastern — Via AP, Libyan PM Mahmoud Jibril confirms Gaddafi’s death.