The Boston Marathon Investigation is finally picking up as two possible suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are being looked according to recent reports. No arrests have yet been made in the Boston bombing case however. Suspects were identified through a Lord and Taylor video clip plus clips from other retail stores nearby. Keep reading for more information on the possible bombing suspects identified today.
In addition, today a ricin poison-laced letter tested positive at the White House, and a third victim of the Boston marathon explosions, Lu Lingzi, was identified. Though law enforcement officers have worked tirelessly to uncover clues and leads as to who is to blame for the explosions that took place at the Boston Marathon on Patriot's Day, until Wednesday afternoon, no solid leads had been found or arrests made.
This all changed, however, as new clues and evidence surfaced in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and now it is believed that two suspects will be taken into custody based off of some retail store video clips which emerged. Here is the latest on the Boston Marathon bombings.
Boston Marathon Bombing Update 1: Two Possible Bombing Suspects Identified Wearing Backpacks
On Wednesday afternoon law enforcement officials stated that a possible bombing suspect had been identified and that a Boston arrest may be on the way. A Lord and Taylor video clip as well as other department store videos from the area were used to identify the possible bombing suspect. The clips show the possible suspect near the location where the second Boston Marathon explosion went off. Moments later however, sources for the Los Angeles Times claimed that two possible suspects have actually been found in the surveillance videos. Though the first clip we heard about today featured one man, authorities now believe a second video shows "two men with two backpacks."
Here is what the Los Angeles Times is reporting concerning the possible bombing suspects in the videos:
"U.S. counter-terrorism and law enforcement officials told The Times that the suspects in the Boston bombings were seen in a department store video that caught images of a man leaving a backpack near the finish line. A second federal official said he has been briefed that authorities believe a second video or photo showed "two men with two backpacks.
A counter-terrorism official said the suspects were picked out because they were carrying black backpacks, as well as because of their demeanor and how they reacted to the bomb blasts. That official said authorities do not yet know the identities of those in the videos. "
If true, this would signify a major break in the Boston marathon bombing investigation.
Though the local authorities had been searching tirelessly for clues, many were beginning to feel anxious as two days passed with no arrest. Investigators had reached out to the public asking for leads through video or photograph near the scene of the crime in hopes of finding something that would lead them to who was behind the Boston explosions. Monday and Tuesday night much buzz focused around a mysterious man on roof who some speculated could be connected to the bombing. Then Tuesday evening a photo of a suspicious bag surfaced near the finish line of the race.
Still nothing solid was found until this most recent Lord and Taylor video. The video shows the person in question carrying and possibly dropping a black bag outside the Forum restaurant on Boylston. A 5pm briefing will reveal what role the suspicious man may have played in the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Fox News is reporting that investigators have now arrested the first suspect and it is expected the young man will appear in federal court in Boston later today. At this point the person's name has yet to be divulged.
According to officials, this is "significant" progress in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Boston Marathon Bombing Update 2: Ricin Poison-Laced Letter Sent to President Obama
A ricin poison laced letter arrived at the White House Tuesday which was identified as such on Tuesday after tests came back positive. Tough the idea of ricin poison being used as by assassins on a regular basis has been somewhat hyped by the media, the fact of the matter is it has rarely been used as such. That is until this week. Just one day after the tragic bombing which took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the suspicious letter arrived at the White House, which tested positive for Ricin. So what is ricin poison? Well it is a substance that can be made from castor plant - the same from which castor oil is derived. There is no cure for the poison and it is deadly when inhaled. Though the FBI has stated that the letter appears not to be connected to the Boston Marathon bombing, still investigators will remain vigilant for any signs that the President could be in danger. In addition to the ricin laced letter that arrived at the White House, another poisoned letter was identified which was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi. Though roughly once a year a letter test positive for Ricin, two within one week is a somewhat odd occurrence.
Boston Marathon Bombing Update 3: Lu Lingzi, Third Casualty Identified.
Lu Lingzi, a Chinese graduate student at Boston University was identified Tuesday as the third victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. So who was Lu Lingzi? Lingzi was a Chinese graduate student, studying statistics at Boston University and was considered an outstanding student by all who knew her. Lu Lingzi's father was the one to identify and confirm his daughter death. Lu Lingzi graduated from a Shenyang high school and studied international trade at Beijing Institute of Technology. After that tie she applied to and was accepted at Boston University. According to an official from the consulate press section, Lu Lingzi was not at the race alone. She along with two other Chinese friends, who were also students, were watching the race and stationed near the finis line. Though one of the three students escaped the blast free of injury another was harmed and the third, Lu Lingzi died. Lu is the third casualty to be identified in the April 15th Patriots Day bombings. On Tuesday evening, Boston University held a vigil to honor the memory of the victims, including alumnus Lu Lingzi. In China as news arrived of Lu's death Chinese social-media reacted with sorrow. Just one hour after the news started to release concerning the Chinese casualty o the Boston bombing, 500 people had posted digital candles in her honor on Weibo. By the afternoon of April 17 the count reached over 8,000. It is clear this attack on those present at the Boston marathon that day has had a far-reaching national and international effect. Thus far the number of casualties in Monday's Boston marathon bombings has reached 176 with 17 in critical condition. The casualties have remained at a steady three people. Those include an 8-year-old boy, a 29-year-old restaurant manager and Lin Lingzi. As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing continues we will keep you updated. As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings continues we will keep you updated. If you are trying to catch up on what’s happened so far, check out the articles posted below. ____________
UPDATE: Boston Bombing 2013: Mystery Man On Roof Linked To Marathon Attack? 3 Dead, Hundreds Wounded [REPORT, VIDEOS, PHOTOS]
A mystery man on a roof. Bombs full of ball bearings. A apartment being searched. What happened in Boston, Patriot's Day 2013? On April 15, 2013 a tragic bombing took place a the finish line of the Boston Marathon around 2:45pm leaving 3 now confirmed dead and over 100 injured. Meanwhile a viral photo of a mystery man on the roof has people wondering if this could be a "person of interest" in the suspected terrorist attack at Boston, Monday afternoon while conspiracy theories regarding the Boston Patriot's Day bombing circulate across the web.
Boston Patriot's Day Bombing: How Many Died in 2013 Attack?
The marathon, falling on Patriots Day in the USA, was coming to a close as suddenly bombs were seen exploding into the crowds. Smoke filled the air as debris littered the street of Boston. What was meant to be a day of fun and celebration, a day for Patriot's to gather and enjoy some friendly competition ended in a terrorizing chaotic mess of fear, worry and grief. At this time the death toll in the Boston bombing has risen to three with over 140 injured and more reports continue to trickle in. Meanwhile survivors and government officials alike speculate that the Patriot's Day attack could have very well been a terrorist conspiracy.
Who Is Suspected in The Boston Bombing 2013? Is Mystery Man On The Roof Connected to The Attack?
What else happened in Boston, Monday? Since the time of the bombing, officials from across nation have moved into overdrive, amping up security in case of more possible attacks, as at this point, though President Obama has yet to officially declare this Marathon bombing an act of terror, still, he has vowed that whomever is responsible for what happened in Boston Monday, will "feel the full weight of justice". SEE ALSO: Boston Bombing 2013: Who Is Behind The Attack? Act Of Terror Is Suspected So what about this mystery man on the roof in the photo? Could he be a "person of interest" in what happened at Boston April 15, 2013? A picture, which has been making viral rounds on the internet surfaced Monday evening as the Daily Mail and multiple other new sources pointed out a mystery man walking on a roof near the Boston marathon finish line soon after the explosion. Though no one knows what the mystery man was doing on the roof or if he is suspect in the marathon bombing, social media went aflame discussing possible reasons for his presence there.
Boston police need to see this! Man is on the roof during the bombing! #prayforboston Retweet!!! twitter.com/FlashMill/stat... — FLASHY FLASH (@FlashMill) April 16, 2013
Who is responsible for what happened at Boston April 15, 2013? At this point one suspect is being held and questioned. The "person of interest" who was injured during the blast was being held at Brigham and Women's Hospital, according to The Boston Globe, though no official arrest has been made in relation to the bombing.
About five minutes before the attack, a man was seen trying to enter a restricted area. The man was wearing a black backpack and hooded sweatshirt. Soon after the attack, investigators detained a Saudi Arabian national who is suspected to have some involvement to the Boston marathon bombings. The 20-year-old man was injured and it is still unclear if he is a victim or a suspect.
What Did Law Enforcement Doing After Boston Marathon Explosions?
Law enforcement officers were actively searching an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere, Massachusetts Monday night after what happened in Boston. A search warrant was served Monday night related to the Boston bombings but no further details are known at this time.
People who were involved in the Boston Marathon bombing are being asked to stay indoors or in their hotel rooms, avoiding crowds. In the meantime, bomb squads are working their way through the area checking parcels and bags left along the race route. Bombs may have also been hidden in mailboxes or trashcans.
Patriot's Day Conspiracy Theories: GOP Representative Says Ball Bearing in Bombs Could Signify a Terrorist Attack
According to Boston law officials, "no specific intelligence that anything was going to happen" at the race was received though patriots day terrorist conspiracies theories are certainly on the minds of many including REP. Mike McCaul of Texas, House Homeland Security Chairman. According to McCaul,
" It is very reminiscent of the Times Square bombing. And the fact that it's Patriots Day, I think has maybe some significance ... earlier reports that there were ball bearings used in these explosive devices, which is very consistent with IEDs. This is a preferred method and route of choice for the terrorists to kill Americans.
So again, it's very early stages in the investigation. But if indeed there turn out to be ball bearings, I would consider that a significant factor in terms of this being a sort IED device that's very similar to what the terrorists used overseas in the Middle East."
Texas Congressman Reveals New Details in Boston Bombings
The Associated Press reports, "Pakistani Taliban, which has threatened attacks in the United States because of its support for the Pakistani government, on Tuesday denied any role in the marathon bombings. The group's spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, denied involvement in a telephone call with The Associated Press. He spoke from an undisclosed location."
In his comments regarding the Boston bombing, president Obama had this to say:
"We still don't know who did this or why," Obama said at the White House, adding, "Make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of this."
How Many Bombs Were Found Boston April 15, 2013? Injuries Lead To Amputations
All over the city report of addition bombs are being received while so far 3 confirmed explosions took place with two unexploded bombs were also found and safely detonated by security officials.
As a result of what happened in Boston April 15, 2013, medical care workers and the general public in the Boston area are witnessing first hand the gruesome effects of the bombing as more and more injuries are reported and treated.
"They just kept filling up with more and more casualties," Lisa Davey, a family member of a Boston marathon runner. "Most everybody was conscious. They were very dazed."
As information continues to pour in from the Boston-area hospitals tending the wounded, CNN brings an unsettling report of what was found inside the bombs at the Boston Marathon. As CNN reports, more explosive devices, which were not detonated, were found to be filled with ball bearings increasing the possible damage of the bombs when exploded. The result has been multiple amputations performed on wounded individuals to save their lives, while those more fortunate are having ball bearing extracted from various body parts-mostly the lower limbs.
According to CNN's Erin Burnett, "At least, right now, 10 amputations..."
Many victims of the Boston bombing are also reported with injuries such as broken bones and ruptured eardrums.
"This is something I've never seen in my 25 years here ... this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war." said Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency services, at Massachusetts General Hospital.
At this point we still don't fully understand what happened at Boston on Patriots Day 2013, if the attack was an terrorist one, or if the mystery man on the roof had any involvement, but as more information comes in regarding death toll, cause of the bombing and possible suspects, we'll be sure to keep you up to date.
Boston Marathon Explosion Terrorism Attack? How Many Involved, Number Injured and Casualties Reported [UPDATE]
A Boston Marathon explosion is suspected to be a terrorist attack as two large bombings took place on Monday afternoon near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
The Boston Marathon explosion in which a terrorism attack is suspected, left multiple dead or injured according to Boston area police as two explosions sounded off at around 2:45pm
Who Is To Blame In Boston Explosion? Person of Interest in Attack Held By Authorities
The situation is young and so exact details concerning how the Boston Marathon explosions took place, what the cause was and who was involved is unknown but some details are beginning to emerge.
According to FoxNews, authorities are gaurding a person of interest at a locl hospital. The person in question is 20 years old, but at this time it is unknown if the person being held is a suspect or a victim in the Boston explosion which looks like it could be a terrorist attack.
There is some evidence which suggests suggests a foreign terrorist organization or even a home-grown terrorist cell may hold the blame for this attack at the Boston Marathon 2013. However, the number of individuals involved is yet unknown.
Boston Marathon Explosion: How Many Injured, How Many Dead?
So how did the Boston Marathon attack begin? It seems that witness are claiming to have heard two loud bangs which were about half a minute apart, with some saying they saw balls of flames near the Marathon Sports store right at the Boston marathon finish line.
Though reports are scattered concerning how many were injured or if there are any casualties to the Boston Marathon explosions, thus far, it seem explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line have killed at least two and injured at least 23.
Here is what Independent.ie had to say concerning the Boston Marathon attack and if terrorism may be involved:
"It has yet to be confirmed whether or not the explosion is part of a terrorist attack, but dozens of people are known to be injured. The explosions were heard near the finish line in the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel. Police have found unexploded devices in the area and are conducting security controlled explosions"
The cause of the Boston explosions has not been determined, but some serious destruction has been reported to some temporary structures at the marathon.
Though plenty of speculation is swirling concerning the cause of the Boston marathon attack, one thing to keep in mind is that the causes are still yet unknown.
Meanwhile the area outside the Marathon Sports store is thick with smoke as debris, rubble, twisted metal and other wreckage is found all around. Marathon officials are working their way through the wreckage in search of bodies or survivors who may be trapped underneath.
Reactions From Celebs To The Boston Marathon Attack
According to HollywoodLife,
Lindsey Lohan was one of the first celebs to tweet, sending out the message, "Sending prayers to everyone who was/is at the #bostonmarathon.", with Lil Wayne following closely behind, tweeting, "Prayers for Boston"
Moments later Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings posted: "This is crazy. Glued to the TV, so scary. Thoughts and prayers with Boston right now."
About the Boston Marathon (From Wikepedia)
The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is one of six World Marathon Majors.
Since 1897, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has managed this event. Amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly New England terrain and varying weather to take part in the race.
The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with 18 participants in 1897, the event now attracts an average of about 20,000 registered participants each year, with 26,895 people entering in 2011. The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 established a record as the world's largest marathon with 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters, and 35,868 finishers
What Are Officials Doing After The Boston Marathon Explosion?
At the time the attacks were reported, police deployed across the country in major cities and at national landmarks as the possibility of a terrorist attack being the cause of the Boston Marathon explosions has law enforcement on high alert.
In addition to local authorities being alerted, the White House and President Barack Obama were also made aware of the situation as Obama contacted Boston's mayor to share his condolences for the losses in the Boston Marathon explosions.
Time Magazine reports that Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, with yellow police tape soon after the Boston explosions took place. Several Secret Service patrol cars surround the area, though at this point the White House was not on lockdown.
As more develops in the story of the Boston Marathon explosions we'll be sure to keep you up to date.
How To Help or Locate Victims of the Boston Marathon Explosion / Attack: American Red Cross Issues a Message
While causes of the Boston Marathon explosions are still unknown, aid organizations are victims and loved ones in their time of need. The American Red Cross has a Safe and Well website that serves as a a hub for people in U.S. disaster zones so displaced people can log their current status, and concerned family and friends can access their information.
Here are the directions for using the Safe and Well website from the American Red Cross to find victims:
- If you are currently being affected by a disaster somewhere in the U.S., click List Myself as Safe and Well, enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.
- If you are concerned about a loved one in the U.S., click Search Registrants and enter the person's name and pre-disaster phone number OR address. If they have registered, you will be able to view the messages they have posted.
In addition, Google has a Boston Marathon Explosions person finder. Log in to use.
To donate blood, several Red Cross donation spots throughout Massachusetts and in the city of Boston are open to donors. Check which donation spot is closest to you here, or listed below. Any help you can offer to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions would be appreciated.