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People in Boston lock down share fears as manhunt continues

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It seems like everyone knows at least one person caught in the lock down that blanketed much of Boston Friday.

13NEWS caught up with several people living through tense moments as police carried out a manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two suspects in the Boston marathon bombing.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, are also suspected of shooting an MIT police officer, Sean Collier, 26, on Thursday night.

Collier was found dead in his vehicle on campus with several gunshot wounds around 10:30 p.m. MIT senior Nathan Monroe said the campus remained on lock down on Friday afternoon.

"It's still tense because everyone's asking, 'Why were these bombing suspects at MIT? What's going on?'" Monroe said.

Monroe told 13NEWS that police and bomb squads continued to comb through campus on Friday afternoon, searching for any suspicious packages or activity. Monroe said the week's events have shaken the students, who've otherwise felt safe at school.

"We're still unsure of what's going on," Monroe said. "It's surreal to see a bloody crime scene where we go to school."

Police said the brothers fled the campus, heading towards Watertown. That's where police gunned down Tamerlan in a shootout. Dzhokhar managed to escape--even reportedly running over his brother's body while he sped away in a stolen car.

As the manhunt continues, police told nearly a million people in neighboring communities to stay inside and lock their doors.

Jess Beltran lives in Boston, next to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where Tamerlan's body was taken.

"I know it could be a lot worse, but right now we're hostage to one man we can't seem to find," Beltran said.

Authorities will not allow vehicles to enter or leave the lock down perimeter.

Some said it's too quiet for their liking.

"It's really weird," said Megan Deford, who lives in Newtown, one of several towns on lock down. "You look outside and it's totally dead. It's eerie."

As people wait for the manhunt from their windows, many said they share the same hope.

"I just hope everybody stays safe and stays inside and we find this guy," Deford said.