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BOSTON MANHUNT: Florence native in apartment building searched by FBI

Florence native Hannah Chandler, 21, who lives in Brookline while she attends Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, said at 6:30 a.m., uniformed FBI agents knocked on her apartment asking to search it.

“It was very frightening,” said Chandler. She said two of her roommates were home; one had gone to work at Massachusetts General Hospital before the lockdown was implemented.

She shares an apartment with three other women.

After a late night spent watching the news following the release of the photographs of the bombing suspects, today started early with a 4 a.m. phone call from her school, announcing the campus was closed. “But they didn’t say why,” she said.

It wasn’t until an hour later that the school provided a reason, specifying the shooting at MIT and the apprehension of one of the suspects.

She said the FBI agents, who may have been armed although no weapons were visible, searched rooms throughout the apartment building and talked with residents.

The agents said they were searching the building because a person on the first floor, who works at a Boston night club, had reported that she may have previously seen one of the suspects.

“I’m feeling a little shaken,” said Chandler. “I feel better knowing they’re doing such an intense sweep, how far they’re willing to go to catch these people.”

She said since the bombings Monday, everyday life has changed “absolutely.”

“Everybody’s been affected by it,” she said. An intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chandler said she was disturbed by the evacuation of that medical facility Monday while police investigated a suspicious vehicle. While she was not there at the time, she knows students who were.

As of 10:30 a.m., she said her neighborhood was very quiet, with few people or cars in sight, although the sound of sirens could be heard regularly.

Ordered to stay home, Chandler said she is watching the news and “trying to stay calm.”

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