CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Former Hallowell resident Michelle LaPointe heard the helicopters circling over her home Thursday night, but she didn’t realize until Friday morning that she was hearing the start of the massive police manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

LaPointe was a member of Hall-Dale High School class of 1987 and is a Bowdoin College graduate whose parents live in Portland.

She said the bombing suspects’ home is two streets away — only about a half-mile from her home in Cambridge — and she’s also only about a half-mile away from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where an MIT police officer was reportedly shot and killed by the suspects.

LaPointe said police closed off the street where the suspects lived, Norfolk Street, and authorities went door-to-door and evacuated residents there.

With the subway, taxis and businesses closed down, people stayed home from work and she stayed inside as well.

“It’s wild. Everything is really shut down to find this guy,” LaPointe said Friday afternoon.

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