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Return to normalcy on the street where Boston suspects fought police

The bombing suspects engage police in Watertown in a fierce firefight, captured on camera.

Photos by Hannah Rappleye, NBC News

Quiet Laurel Street in Watertown, Mass., is lined by middle-class homes, trees budding out in the spring air, a white picket fence. But look closely and there are signs of the violent battle fought early last Friday between police and the two most wanted men in America.

Laurel Street is where, authorities say, police cornered brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who were being sought as suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities say six Watertown police officers and a transit officer engaged the brothers, who fired at least one gun and threw bombs in a battle that left Tamerlan mortally wounded.

Dzhokhar managed to escape the scene by barreling over his brother in a carjacked SUV, only to be captured Friday night as he hid in a boat parked in a backyard not far away on Franklin Street.

During the hunt, 9,000 law enforcement officers, some with armored vehicles, had combed Watertown -- a place of just 32,000 people.

But that was last week. On Thursday, Laurel Street was quiet again. Still there were those signs ... a bullet hole in a picket fence ... a grazing gash on a tree ... an ugly stain marking the spot where Tamerlan Tsarnaev lay dying.

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Laurel Street in residential Watertown, Mass., was the scene of a dramatic gunfight early last Friday between law enforcement and two men that authorities say were Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.

 

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Damage to a fence alongside Laurel Avenue in Watertown sustained during a dramatic gunfight early Friday morning. The bullets were aimed east toward the Tsarnaev brothers.

 

Hannah Rappleye / NBC News

A bullet pierced a tree alongside Laurel Avenue in Watertown, Mass., the result of gunfire aimed east toward the Tsarnaev brothers.

 

Hannah Rappleye / NBC News

Stains on the pavement where Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, fell on Laurel Street early last Friday. During a dramatic gunfight with police, Tsarnaev was mortally wounded and dragged by a vehicle driven by his brother, Dzhokhar, 19.

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