Tarek Ahmed, the clerk of a Cambridge gas station, said that the victim of the carjacking carried out by the Boston bombing suspects entered his store early Friday morning after the suspects allegedly dropped the victim off outside. They were said to have driven around with the victim for about 30 minutes before they let him off.
According to FoxNews.com, Ahmed described the victim as a Caucasian male between 20 and 25 years old and said the young man was in a frantic state when he entered the store. He was shouting for Ahmed to call the police, saying that someone was trying to kill him. "I thought he was drunk," Ahmed said. "I didn't believe him when he came in. It just sounded very crazy." The young man did not appear to be injured.
Ahmed allowed the young man to use the gas station's telephone to call the police and inform them of what had happened. The victim was carjacked near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where a campus guard had earlier been shot and killed, and reportedly drove around in his black Mercedes SUV with the two suspects for about 30 minutes before they let him off outside of the gas station. The suspects later engaged in a shootout with police from the SUV, throwing explosives from it, and led them on a chase through Watertown, Massachusetts.
After arriving to the gas station, police took the surveillance video tapes as well as photos from the gas station store across the street where, according to Ahmed, the suspects had stopped to buy something. He says he believes that was when the carjacking victim was pushed out of the car.
Ahmed himself said he was shaken by the night's events. "It has been very crazy difficult night for me. But I am so happy because they catch the one guy and will catch the other. That is good."
The suspects have been reported as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, who was reportedly killed during a shootout with the police. Photographs of Dzhokhar appear to match the man who became known as "suspect number two" or "the suspect in the white hat", a reference to a surveillance photo of the two in which Dzhokhar appears wearing a turned-around white baseball cap. He is still at large. Police have mounted a manhunt involving a virtual army of officers in Watertown, Massachusetts, and have ordered residents to stay in their homes as they carry out the search.