Two explosions tore through downtown Boston today, killing at least three of the thousands of people who'd gathered to watch that city's famous marathon race. The explosions went off near the race's finish line, causing mass panic and ripping off people's limbs, according to early eyewitness accounts. Explosives units have been dispatched to investigate another suspicious device in the area as EMTs and doctors attend to the reportedly dozens of wounded.
Though details right now are sketchy, various media outlets and citizens on the scene are reporting that things are grisly and chaotic, but police and medical teams have been quick to respond.
Victims with lost limbs wheeled from scene. #wcvb— Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyTV) April 15, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: At least dozens of people have been seriously injured, a Globe staffer on the scene says.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon race, attracting tens of thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators each year.
1:15 AM EST: The Boston Globe has identified the eight-year-old boy killed as Martin Richard. He was waiting with his mother and two sister for his father to cross the finish line. His mother and one of his sisters were also seriously injured and remain in the hospital.
12:07 AM EST: Here's the front page from Tuesday's Boston Globe:
— Daily Intelligencer (@intelligencer) April 16, 2013
11:14 PM EST: A runner filmed a video of the first bomb.
10:45 PM EST: People throughout New York City are showing their support for Boston.
— The Illuminator (@illuminator99) April 16, 2013
9:25 PM EST: Here is the Alex Jones acolyte bumrushing the presser with his "false flag" accusations:
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9:05 PM EST: In a just-finished press conference, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis confirmed that the death toll is now three. There are no suspects in custody.
8:55 PM EST: The first question in the latest Boston bombing press conference was from a man who asked if the incident was a "false-flag, staged attack" meant to undermine our civil liberties, a recent refrain of Infowars lunatic Alex Jones. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's response: "No." The man who'd asked the question was later discovered to be without press credentials.
8:40 PM EST: CNN reports police are on the lookout for a suspect resembling this horribly vague description: A "darker-skinned or black male" with "a possible foreign accent" who had attempted to gain entry to a restricted area a few minutes before the first blast. The man was wearing a dark sweatshirt and dark backpack.
8:15 PM EST: The White House just released this photo depicting President Obama being briefed on the Boston bombings by FBI Director Robert Mueller. To Obama's left is Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. On his right is Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
7:59 PM EST: Massachusetts General tweets it is not on lockdown, despite what the media may say:
Contrary to some reports, #MGH is not currently on lockdown.— MassGeneral News (@MassGeneralNews) April 15, 2013
7:56 PM EST: CNN reports that more than 130 people have been wounded in the bombings. Doctors say they're pulling ball bearings out of patients, "suggesting that the bombs were designed to propel shrapnel."
7:35 PM EST: There's now more information on the Saudi national being questioned by police. According to CBS, it turns out the man was simply running away from the blasts like everyone else when he was tackled by civilians who claimed he was "acting suspiciously."
6:55 PM EST: WCVB cites sources who say that a male "person of interest" is in custody at a hospital. The outlet stopped short of saying whether that person is a Saudi national, as other outlets have reported.
6:33 PM EST: More bad news from CNN affiliate WCVB:
Affiliate WCVB says an 8-year-old was one of those killed today in the bombings— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) April 15, 2013
6:13 PM EST: President Obama said in his brief statement that he is "supremely confident" Bostonians will pull together and take care of one another: "Boston is a tough and resilient town, and so are its people."
6:11 PM EST: CNN reports that the FBI has deemed the Boston explosions a terrorist investigation.
6:08 PM EST: Boston police continue refuting reports that they have a hospitalized suspect in custody:
BREAKING: Boston police commissioner says no suspect is in custody in marathon explosions— The Associated Press (@AP) April 15, 2013
6:03 PM EST: The Boston Globe has the most frightening footage yet of the pandemonium that ensued following the blasts:
5:54 PM EST: President Obama will be issuing a statement at 6:10 PM EST.
5:37 PM EST: NBC News reports that police are guarding a "possible suspect" at a Boston hospital, though, unlike the Post, it's not said anything about that person's nationality.
Officials say that Boston PD are "guarding" a wounded man at a Boston hospital as a "possible suspect" - @jimmiklaszewski— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 15, 2013
5:24 PM EST: Of the Post's "Saudi national suspect" story, a Boston police spokesperson told Talking Points Memo the Post's "scoop" is bogus: "Honestly, I don't know where they're getting their information from, but it didn't come from us."
5:01 PM EST: The New York Post—which has no clear reason to know anything anyone else doesn't know, and which is still reporting a death toll of 12, in contradiction of official reports—has taken the role of being first to publish purported information about a purported suspect. The Post claims that Boston police, who have said nothing about the matter, are guarding a hospitalized Saudi national who has shrapnel wounds.
4:58 PM EST: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis just said in a press conference that while he won't officially call this a terrorist attack, "you can reach your own conclusions based upon what happened."
4:48 PM EST: Terrifying video of the second explosion:
4:21 PM EST: Boston's JFK Presidential Library caught fire in the aftermath of the explosions. Though it's not certain the two events are related, Boston-based journalist Dave Wedge reports that police have been deployed to assist firefighters.
4:13 PM EST: Boston police just said that there are 23 injured and two dead, which conflicts with Fox's earlier report that three people had been killed.
4:04 PM EST: There are now multiple reports of "secondary devices," though how many there are is undetermined.
Police officer near Boston Marathon finish line: 'There are secondary devices that have been found and are unexploded.'— Chris Faraone (@Fara1) April 15, 2013
3:45 PM EST: New video shows the turbulent moments immediately following the first blast:
3:23 PM EST: An explosives unit has been dispatched to examine a "possible device" in front of the Mandarin Hotel.