Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Boy, 8, one of 3 killed in Boston Marathon bombings; 144 wounded, many serious

Boy, 8, one of 3 killed in Boston Marathon bombings; 144 wounded, many serious, Two bombs that detonated twelve seconds apart at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy.

CNN reports that the bombings turned a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.

UPDATE: CNN reports Monday night that an apartment building on Ocean Avenue in Revere, MA is being investigated. State police have been in the building since 5:30 p.m. checking up on leads.

The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation. They are looking at fragments of unexploded devices for clues. There are no signs of high-grade explosive materials in the bombs. It is unclear if the attacks were foreign or domestic terrorism.

Police are looking for a dark skinned or black man with a foreign accent. He was seen wearing dark clothes with a black backpack. CNN reports the man tried to enter a restricted area five minutes before the bomb. He broke eye contacted and pulled a hoodie over his head.

They are also looking for a Penske truck that was denied access near the Marathon.

The FBI is asking if you saw the man or the truck, or have photos or video of the incident, call them at 1-800-CALL-FBI. To find family and friends call 617-635-4500.

A Saudi national with a leg wound is under guard at a Boston hospital in connection with the attack. Investigators said they cannot, at this time, say if the man was involved and say he is not in custody.

Two bombs struck near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday injuring at least 144 people who are being treated at local hospitals. At least 17 of them were in critical condition Monday afternoon and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of the patients are children. At least 10 people required amputations. Some patients will require more surgeries Tuesday.

CNN Anchor Anderson Copper reported Monday evening that a massive, multi-agency investigation is underway. The bombs, described as small, were twelve seconds apart. Multiple devices have been discovered and will be thoroughly investigated for DNA, hair fibers, fingerprints, and other possible identifying factors.

People were running across the finish line when the bombs went off, sending people screaming and running for cover.

The scene was intense with people scrambling to find cover and to assist others who were injured. Police were seen jumping over barricades to get to the center of the scene where the bombs detonated. Emergency vehicles could be heard in the background.

David Able was about ten feet from one of the explosions. He said it was the most frightening day of his life. “I was standing at the center of the finish line taking video of runners as they were coming in. It was an idyllic moment as runners were raising their hands in joy and jubilation as they were crossing the finish line.”

Able said just then he heard an explosion, the ground shook, and he saw a white cloud nearby. It was confusing at first, he said, with thoughts that perhaps machinery had malfunctioned. He said it didn’t take long to realize what had happened.

CNN’s Jason Carroll interviewed Dr. Ron Walls. Dr. Walls said of his 31 patients, two were in “very” critical condition and nine were undergoing “major surgeries.” He said the extent of the worst injuries were to the legs. He saw damage to muscle and skin and many broken bones. He said shrapnel was a minor issue from what he witnessed. Two of his patients have been classified as critical.

Dr. Walls said their youngest patient is 16 and that a 3-year-old child was immediately triaged to Children’s Hospital located nearby.

Doctors and nurses described this as a very emotional day. “I don’t know if you can ever prepare for something like this. If you can - we did.” They said they train for incidents like this and though they hoped they would never have to use their training, they were ready.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper covered the story Monday evening and said he was just three blocks from the bombing. He said Boston is a strong city that will bounce back quickly.

CNN's Piers Morgan said Monday evening, "People went from running to the finish line to running for their lives."

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