Witness does not describe elder suspect being run over
April 23, 2013
New pictures have emerged of the supposed gun fight in Watertown between the Tsarnaev brothers and police in the early hours of last Friday.
The images were released by an eyewitness to the deadly exchange, who says he took the photos on a phone from his third floor bedroom.
The pictures show two men sheltering behind a vehicle, with one aiming a weapon at police positioned further down the street.
It is claimed that one photo shows an explosive device minutes before it was detonated, while another shows the vehicle being driven toward the police who had by that point tackled the elder brother Tamerlan to the ground after he charged at them through the smoke of the exploded IED.
Other photos show the aftermath as the elder brother is said to have been killed, and the younger suspect, Dzhokhar fled.
“I was in my living room working on my computer when I heard multiple ‘pops’ coming from outside,” writes Andrew Kitzenberg on his blog. “At that point, I had no idea that I was about to become an eye witness to the biggest news story in the country.” he adds.
“When I looked outside my window, I could clearly see two people (the Tsarnaev brothers) taking cover behind an SUV and engaging in gunfire.” Kitzenberg writes.
Kitzenberg claims that the first of the photos show the two brothers sheltering behind a black Mercedes SUV, presumably the carjacked vehicle:
The next photo is said to show “multiple” police vehicles at the end of the block ” about 75-80 yards from the shooters”:
The next photo shows one of the men taking aim at the police:
The Boston police Commissioner told CNN that only a few police were following the brothers in the car, and were awaiting backup when the suspects suddenly stopped, got out of the vehicle and started firing at the police.
This is the image that Kitzenberg claims shows a “pressure cooker bomb that was used just moments after this photo was taken”:
“The use of this explosive created an enormous cloud of smoke that covered the entire street.” he writes, adding that “While the street was still cloudy with smoke one of the brothers started running down the street towards the officers, while still engaging them in gunshots.”
“As he got closer to the officers, within 10 -15 yards of them he was taken down. From my vantage point I did not see whether he was tackled to the ground or brought down by gunshots.” the blogger notes.
The next photo is said to show the black SUV charging the officer vehicles:
A zoom in from the last image is purported to show the moment Dzhokhar charged at police and his brother in the SUV:
Kitzenberg says that the suspect “drove in between the two cars at the top of the picture.” But he does not mention whether he drove over his older brother in his attempt to get away, as police and the FBI are now claiming.
“The SUV side swiped both cars taking out doors and windows and ultimately broke through the vehicle barricade and continued driving west on Laurel St. This was the last I saw of the black SUV.” Kitzenberg adds.
If Dzhokhar did indeed drive over his brother, would this not be worthy of mentioning when presenting the photos? Why did Kitzenberg leave out this detail if he witnessed it?
A witness calling into Opie and Anthony said that he saw Dzhokhar run over his brother at 60-80 miles an hour, an impact that dragged him 30 feet right and deposited him in front of the witnesses house. This same witness, Mike Doucette of Watertown, seems to be where this angle originated from, having been quoted in The New York Times on April 20th, last Saturday. Since that time, this information has become part of the official narrative.
Other alleged witnesses have said that it was police that ran over Tsarnaev with an SUV, not his brother.
Yet, Kitzenberg, the man who took several photos of the shootout, does not mention anyone running over the suspect at all.
Doctors at the hospital where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was taken said that they did not see any wounds on his body that were consistent with being run over by a vehicle. This does not jive with descriptions of him being run over at high speed and dragged 30 feet down the street.
For many, this will raise even more questions, especially in light of the video of the naked man who looks very much like Tamerlan being apprehended unharmed at the scene and escorted to a police car.
Police have said that the naked man was the carjack victim, not Tamerlan, and that he was ordered to strip as a precaution before eventually being let go. However, in earlier images a fully clothed man ordered to lie face down in the street by police does not appear to be the same individual as the naked man. Neither appear to have visible wounds.
The gruesome photo of Tamerlan’s corpse that appeared online Saturday revealed significant gunshot and shrapnel wounds, as well as burn wounds.
A report in the UK Daily Mail states that the carjack victim, who is keeping a low profile, was a Chinese national, and that he believes that was the reason the suspects did not kill him. Yet neither the fully clothed man, nor the naked man in the pictures above look particularly Chinese.
The Tsarnaevs’ aunt is now on record as saying that she is one hundred percent sure that the naked man in the video above is her nephew.
The Tsarnaevs’ mother has also said that the picture of Tamerlan’s dead body is not her son.
“It’s just somebody did this, somebody set this up, not my kids,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Channel Four News. “Whoever is dead over there it’s not my son. The body is half of the body of my son, you know what I mean? So this is not my son.”
She also stated that Tamerlan called her immediately before the gun fight and said “The police, they have started shooting at us, they are chasing us,” Mrs. Tsarnaeva says Tamerlan told her. “Mama, I love you.” Then the phone went silent.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.