Minnesotans recall Boston manhunt chaos - KMSP-TV

Minnesotans recall Boston manhunt chaos

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After days filled with heartbreak and tension in Boston, Minnesota woman Sherry DeRosa just needed to get home.

"By today, I became terrified. I am really pretty even and calm, but by today, I fell apart. Just unreal, surreal" Sherry said Friday morning amid a massive manhunt in search of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Sherry arrived in Boston last weekend to be with her daughter at Brigham and Women's Hospital to deliver a baby prematurely.

When the marathon bombings occurred, her Sherry's family were all there when the severely injured arrived. They were all there when the facility was partially evacuated because of a possible threat on Wednesday as well.

By Friday morning, Sherry's biggest issue was getting to Logan Airport because the neighborhood where she was staying was almost completely locked down during the intense, day-long manhunt.

"Thank god for iPhone & GPS because they devised a route to Somerville," she said. They were then able to make it safely to the airport though the town that was not on lock down.

Twitter ran rampant throughout the day, but one Edina native made national headlines with his moment-by-moment account of the overnight shootout between the two bombing suspects and law enforcement.

It happened in Watertown just outside his apartment..

Andrew Kitzenberg's first tweet:
@AKitz: "Shoot out outside my room in Watertown. 62 Laurel st. #mit #boston #shooting"

Later, another tweet: 
@AKitz: "Site of the explosion, bomb squad inspecting #mitshooting"

Another picture showing just how close he was to the action:
@AKitz: "Bullet hole through our wall and the chair #mitshooting #mit #boston"

Andrew went from 40 twitter followers to more than 32,000. His terrified mom spoke to FOX 9 about her son's dispatches.

"Scary, and I was texting him," Kitzenberg's mother told FOX 9 over the phone. "He wasn't answering. As a mother, when you're trying to reach your child and they're not answering, it's scary. Yes, I was trying to reach him as a mother, it's always, always about your child, hoping your child is safe."

Andrew is a graduate of the Breck School and spent his day sharing his eyewitness account with several national news stations. His closing tweet summed up the day for many who were tracking the chaos:

@AKitz: After a long and terrifying day, happy to say we're all feeling safe now that the suspect is captured!! #mitshooting #mit #BostonStrong

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