The police lockdown in this city and surrounding communities Friday morning left the Royals scrambling for news like everyone else regarding the massive hunt for the surviving suspect in Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The Royals found themselves in the middle of everything from their hotel, the Westin Copley Place, which is located about two blocks from where the bombings occurred. Those bombings killed three people and injured more than 180.
The Royals awaited word on the status of their game Friday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The game, scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. Central time, is the first in Boston since Monday’s bombings.
“We are having a team lunch,” vice president Mike Swanson reported just after noon. “That’s about all that is going on. We’re just waiting like everyone else.”
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz has told Boston reporters that tonight's game is canceled, but there is nothing official yet from the Red Sox.
Police targeted their search in Watertown, a community just a few miles from Fenway Park, after a car chase and gun battle erupted over night that killed a police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
That chase left one suspect dead but another on the loose.
Police asked people throughout the metropolitan area to stay indoors. They also asked businesses to remain shuttered and suspended virtually all service on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which operates buses and light-rail service.
Taxi companies also halted operations. Amtrak stopped operating north of Providence, but all major highways remained open. Logan Airport continued to operate.
Authorities identified the suspects as two brothers: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, whom they believed were living in Cambridge, another nearby community.
Reports from various news outlets say the two have lived in the United States for about a decade after emigrating from the Russian region of Chechnya.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the overnight gun battle, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped. Police blanketed the area with SWAT teams and an army of officers in pursuit while the city remained virtually paralyzed.
“We believe this man to be a terrorist,” Boston police commissioner Ed Davis said in a morning news briefing. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people.”