3 killed, 100+ injured in explosions at the Boston Marathon
Two back-to-back explosions killed 3 people and injured more than 100 people near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
A young boy from Dorchester was killed in the attack.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick called the bombings “horrific.”
The Boston Athletic Association, the organizer of the Boston Marathon, issued this statement: “The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by todays events. Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.”
The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation in what appears to be a terrorist attack.
“It is a criminal investigation…that is a potential terrorist investigation,” said Rick DesLauriers, the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI’s office. “We will work diligently to gather information and gather all the facts and bring those who are responsible for this crime justice as swiftly as possible.”
The first explosion rocked Boylston Street, near Copley Square, at about 2:50 p.m. Seconds later, another explosion followed about 50 to 100 yards away from the site of the first blast. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis described the Boylston Street explosions as “controlled.”
Videos and photos taken at the scene showed dozens of people – runners and bystanders alike – bleeding, some with serious wounds to their legs and arms.
“The most common serious injuries are combined lower extremity injuries – combined meaning bone injuries, soft tissue injuries, and vascular injuries to their lower extremities,” said Dr. Peter Fagenholz, a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Fagenholz confirmed that several amputations were required and that many of the victims came in with shrapnel wounds, mostly in their legs.
“It’s a lot of small metal debris. Some people have asked already about whether these were BBs or they were parts of bombs, and I just don’t think we’re able to say whether these were small bits of metal that were placed there intentionally or whether they were just part of the environment that were involved in the blast,” said Fagenholz. “It’s obviously upsetting to see so many people come in so quickly with bad injuries like that.”
As of Monday evening, Mass. General Hospital reported 29 patients injured from the marathon. 8 of those patients are in critical condition.
Boston Medical Center reported 23 patients from the marathon explosion. 16 of those patients are in serious condition, and 7 are listed in fair condition. Most sustained “lower leg injuries”, according to the hospital’s update on its Facebook page.
Brigham and Women’s hospital reported 20 patients from the marathon. The hospital was placed in lockdown “out of an abundance of caution”.
Tufts Medical Center reported 6 patients from the marathon. The hospital’s emergency department was briefly evacuated after a “suspicious item” was found; it was later cleared by Boston Police without any incident.
As of 9 p.m. EST, authorities confirmed three fatalities and the number of injured – initially reported to be 22 or 23 – grew to more than 100.
“There’s been a horrendous loss of life. At least 3 people have died in this event. The number of injuries and the people injured is an unfolding issue right now. We will not have hard figures on that until tomorrow morning,” said Davis.
Davis said there was no advance warning or threat of an attack before the marathon.
“We talked about the threat picture all the time as we lead up to this particular event and we have no information that this was going to happen,” said Davis.
Davis and Patrick have urged the public to be on a “state of heightened vigilance” and to report any suspicious packages or activities – as well as any information and photos of the explosions – to police or the FBI.
Security in Boston is expected to be stepped up on Tuesday.
“People should expect – those who are riding the T – that there will be random checks of backpacks and other parcels, and we just ask everyone to be patient with that inconvenience for the time being; it is for the public’s safety,” said Patrick. “It will not be business as usual. It will be a heightened law enforcement presence consistent with the severity and seriousness with the ongoing investigation.”
President Barack Obama has vowed to devote “every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims” and “to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security…as necessary, and investigate what happened.”
“Make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this, and we’ll find out why they did this,” said Obama. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
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