The suspect in the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing is alive and in custody. He was apprehended after hiding under a tarp in a boat parked in the backyard of a resident in Watertown, Massachusetts. A local resident's call led directly to the apprehension of 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who had become the most wanted man in America. Cheers, applause, and chants of "USA! USA!" from ecstatic residents who were finally able to leave their homes after being on lockdown all day can be heard all over town as relief sweeps through the area. Here is a roundup of reactions.
We're just so grateful and recharged. The Watertown police were amazing.
This is a very resilient city and I know Boston will bounce back.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino:
We got him. I have never loved this city & its people more than I do today. Nothing can defeat the heart of this city .. nothing.
David Green, who took a photo of the suspect:
I'm just fortunate that I had one picture that I had the presence of mind to take. That brings me some joy out of this that I was able to help.
Brian Williams, NBC news anchor:
[In fake Boston accent] They will be partying wicked hard in Watertown tonight.
In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier.
It's a night where we're all going to rest easy.
Boston Police Deptartment:
CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.
We're exhausted ... but we have a victory here tonight.
Officer Sean Collier, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell. We will not forget.
Who thinks CNN will, at one point, cut to commercial and use The Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat" as out music?
How do you like them apples?
So goddamn relieved. Boston, I love you. May the bars stay open til dawn.
Amanda Melenick: Whoever said don't mess with Texas hasn't met Boston.
President Obama: Whatever it is they hoped to accomplish with these heinous acts, they failed. They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because Americans refuse to be terrorized.
Here's some of the celebratory scene:
What reactions have you seen?
Video via Rachel Maddow Show