Here is the timeline I have kind of put together from the stories:
Reports of stealing a police car are erroneous, as is the report that the suspect was wearing the same hat from the bombing as he was seen wearing in
the ATM picture. The hat in the ATM picture was clearly the one that the older brother was seen wearing in the convenience store photo. I am sure the
younger brother took it and put it on when they went to the ATM to help avoid detection. As if it really mattered...but who knows what they were
The order of event, without times...below.
- Brothers shoot MIT police officer in car.
- Brothers carjack mercedes and procede to drive around to multiple gas stations getting money from ATM machines using stolen ATM card (pics taken by
- Brothers take mercedes SUV to pick up green civic, which is either owned by them or a friend, to use as a get away car. While doing this, they are
interrupted and the gunfight breaks out.
- At the beginning of this confrontation, a police officer in a police SUV careens around the corner, and "officially" leaves the vehicle in gear as
a distraction/rolling road block for coverage. I tend to believe others in the theory that he bailed while being shot at, and the car continued to
roll down the road, until it collided with the pole (if I came around a corner to be met by gunfire, you better believe this is what I would do!)
- Gun fight ensues. Bomb goes off. Older brother begins to walk towards police line and lays down suppressing fire for younger brother to enter the
mercedes and turn it around.
- Older brother runs out of bullets and is forced to the ground by the police, possibly mortally wounded by a combination of bullets and IED trauma.
Meanwhile, younger brother has turned SUV around in order to either pick up older brother and make escape, or make escape without older brother, or
whichever is most convenient at the time.
- Younger brother proceeds toward police barricade, which was poorly set up because the police hastily placed their vehicles while being shot
at/shooting. Can't say I find much fault in this. When you're taking fire, you position the vehicle for cover, not for road blocking. The police were
not concerned with a perimeter at this point, they were concerned with threat neutralization and self preservation.
- As brother closes distance with police barricade, which just so happens to be the point where the older brother ran our of bullets and was taken to
the ground (either wounded or not, we don't know) the police scatter, and younger brother runs down older brother either thinking he was already dead,
killing him to keep quiet, or not caring about anything except for his own escape.
- Younger brother pushes poorly positioned police cars out of the way and makes his escape in the extreme confusion. With police having been in a
hectic situation, radio traffic was likely very complicated, and reports of the green civic, mercedes SUV, and possibly a police car may have all gone
out. The media listens to the scanner, which is typically the poorest way to put a story together.
- Eyewitnesses may have mistaken the mercedes SUV for a black police SUV, as they were likely looking sporadically while hiding from gunfire and
keeping down. This could explain reports that the police ran down the victim, along with the stolen SUV reports.
When news is moving like this and you have the media clamoring to scoop one another, many times factual accounts take a back seat to speculation in
order to get a story out fast, regardless of its accuracy.
Sorry there are not times, but in my mind that is the order of events that seems to align with the other stories.
edit on 24-4-2013 by WTEngel
because: (no reason given)
edit on 24-4-2013 by WTEngel because: spelling, additional thoughts