By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun
11:10 AM EDT, April 19, 2013
— Stores were shuttered and streets were mostly empty Friday morning as a manhunt was underway for a suspect in the marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 180 others.
Police had killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing in a shootout early Friday. Officials said the dead suspect was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and identified the hunted man as his brother, Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev, 19.
Law enforcement urged all in Boston to stay home.
Natalie Lambdin, a 27-year-old graduate student at Boston College, said the usually bustling area near Copley Square felt "eerie."
"It's really quiet," she said on a walk through the city with her parents, who had flown in from Sacramento Thursday night.
"Everyone is following the rules, hoping the suspect is caught soon."
Her mother, Roz Shirley, 55, said she and her husband had considered canceling their trip, but her daughter urged her to come.
"She said Bostonians are hardy people," Shirley said.
Sirens sounded regularly earlier in the day, but police action seemed to calm down in some areas while many law enforcement were focused on Watertown, about six miles from the bombing site.
At the corner of Boylston Street and Berkeley Street, a handful of people gathered at a makeshift memorial for the victims.
Charles Maksou, a native of Lebanon who works as a hairdresser on Boylston Street, said he came by the memorial to check out the scene. Maksou, 45, said he splits his time between Boston and Beirut. He said he didn't feel unsafe.
"We're used to these things," he said of his native country.
James Nalepka, 47, said he had hoped to look for work Friday, but most businesses were closed.
"It's a police state," he said. "Everything is shut down."
A man begging for change near the memorial encouraged passers-by to stop at a nearby bakery. "It's the only game in town," Harold Green, 67, said. "The only thing open, brother."
Reuters contributed to this article.
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