BOSTON, April 15, 2013 – Authorities have released a BOLO, or Be On the Look Out, for an individual described as a “darker skinned male, with accent wearing black hood sweatshirt and black backpack.” This person was encountered attempting to gain access to a restricted area. When he was unable to get into the area, he raised suspicions when he “broke eye contact and pulled up his hood.”
What should be a joyous celebration of personal achievement turned to tragedy when a pair of bombs, fifty – one hundred yards apart, exploded at the finish line.
The explosions, three to four seconds apart beginning at 2:54 pm, have resulted in two deaths, and many more injuries.
Reports are that of the injured ten persons required amputations and there are seven multiple-system wounds. Hospital reports are that they are removing ball bearings from the victims, leading to the belief that the bombs, though reported to be crude, were packed with the bearings and other shrapnel.
There is also speculation that the devices were placed down low, such as in the bottom of waste cans, leading to lower extremity shrapnel injuries.
An eight-year-old boy and a woman were killed in the blast. Eight other children were also injured. The youngest injured is three and the oldest in her sixties.
The race began at 9am, eastern. Although a majority of the marathon runners had crossed the finish line, there were some six thousand plus still on the route.
The FBI is treating this as an act of terrorism, however no individual or group has been identified as a suspect. There are reports that a Saudi National is being held, injured, in a hospital, and he is a “person of interest,” though he is not under arrest.
Police commissioner Edward Davis has said that authorities are not guarding any suspect at Mass General Hospital.
Officials do have a suspect in custody, and they have been questioning people since the explosion, but they are not releasing any details as to who any of those persons are at this time.
An incident at the JFK Library at the University of Massachusetts, at first thought to be a part of the attack, is not related to the Marathon bomb.
Police also conducted a “controlled explosion” on a third device that was found.
President Obama spoke to the nation at 6:10pm assuring that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino will be given full White House cooperation while cautioning Americans not to jump to conclusions
He spoke for three minutes, offering the prayers of himself and the First Lady and did not take questions. President Obama properly pointed out that April 15th is a legal holiday in Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day. Patriot’s Day is also a state holiday in Maine.
Authorities have the devices and the area was under video surveillance as well as the many smart phone recordings and photographs, it is expected that a suspect or suspects will be identified, if not apprehended, within a short period of time.
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