WATERTOWN, Mass. - Watertown resident Kate Bernard should be at her job in Chesnut Hill, but instead she is stuck in her apartment, waiting out the massive manhunt for the 2nd suspect in the Boston Marathon explosion.
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Bernard found out about the shooting of an MIT officer at around 11 pm. from her roommate who works at MIT, then about the shootings in her neighborhood after 1 a.m., and hasn't been able to fall asleep since.
"I want to be alert in case anything were to happen. I've been wanting to stay up to date with the latest news, watching news, listening to police scanners," she said.
Police have told residents in several Boston neighborhoods, including Watertown, Newtown, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, and Allston-Brighton neighborboods to stay put . Public transportation is also closed.
Bernard and her roommate are avoiding large windows in their East Watertown apartment, and has a knife ready, just in case.
"I feel like if your guard is down, then you won't be able to be on full alert," she said.
In the meantime she's spending time checking in with her friends online, making sure everyone's OK.
"Boston is known for being a very tightknit city it's very comforting and amazing to see how they do come together in such terrible tragedy," she said