April 15, 2013

Boston Update: “The Terror is Over.”

“The terror is over.” ~ Gov. Deval Patrick. Second suspect captured alive.

One note to conspiracy fans: keep it up. Critical thinking is always welcome. There was tons of on the ground reporting, tweeting by ordinary citizens. As one noted, “the media used to give us the news. Now they get the news from us.”

Second suspect captured alive. Read the full story at The NY Times:

“The disappearance of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and fears that he could be armed with more explosives, set off one of the most intense manhunts in recent memory. Swat teams and Humvees rolled through quiet residential streets. Military helicopters hovered overhead. Bomb squads were called to several locations. And Boston — New England’s largest city — was essentially shut down.” …transit service was suspended all day. Classes at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University and other area colleges were canceled. Amtrak canceled service into Boston. The Red Sox game at Fenway Park was postponed, as was a concert at Symphony Hall. Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts urged residents to stay behind locked doors all day — not lifting the request until shortly after 6 p.m., when transit service in the shaken, seemingly deserted region was finally restored…

…the officer had nearly bled to death from a gunshot wound to his right leg, said a person familiar with his treatment. The hospital’s trauma team gave him a blood transfusion and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and got his blood pressure back up, but he was still on a ventilator, the person said….

…A Watertown resident, Andrew Kitzenberg, 29, said he had looked out his third-floor window to see two young men of slight build in jackets engaged in “constant gunfire” with police officers. A police S.U.V. “drove towards the shooters,” he said, and was shot at until it was severely damaged. It rolled out of control, Mr. Kitzenberg said, and crashed into two cars in his driveway.

The two shooters, he said, had a large, unwieldy bomb that he said looked “like a pressure cooker.”

“They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it,” he said. “But it went 20 yards at most.” It exploded, he said, and one man ran toward the gathered police officers. He was tackled, but it was not clear if he was shot, Mr. Kitzenberg said.

The explosions, said another resident, Loretta Kehayias, 65, “lit up the whole house.” She said, “I screamed. I’ve never seen anything like this, never, never, never.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Kitzenberg said the other man got back into his car, turned it toward officers and “put the pedal to the metal.” The car “went right through the cops, broke right through and continued west.” Read the full story here, at the NY Times.


Reddit comment: “And in the end it all came down to a negotiator talking him out of the boat. Meanwhile, the media was going off all morning about how he was going to go out in a “blaze of glory.” Made me sick, the bloodlust. Glad the cops/FBI proved them wrong.”


“I hope they show Sean Collier a lot more on the news than the people who killed him.” How to donate to Collier’s family.

One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings killed.

Breaking News: Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects; One Dead, One Still at Large.

“18 years ago today the Oklahoma City Bombing occurred at 9:02 a.m. Let us not forget such a tragic event.”

I was in OKC for work a few months ago, this part of the memorial really got me:

Each chair has a name of a victim on it. The smaller chairs are for the children.


Live updates: One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been captured. Summary of live updates happening minute by minute, different sources.


New photos released.

Update: New High Rez Photo. Man in white hat bottom left. More info.

Update: “FBI released photos of suspected Boston bombers – Can you identify them?” “If you were there, check your own photos / videos for these two. Just in case.” “This. iPhones and digital cameras will probably have much better resolution.” “At this point they are only wanted for questioning. Let us find them and inform the authorities. We need answers.”

Confidentially report any tips concerning the identify of these suspects by:

Calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)

Send in your tips to http://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov/

“I understand that providing false information could subject me to fine, imprisonment, or both. (Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1001)”

Live updates from FBI.gov

Update: National Anthem from the Boston Bruins game tonight. {Video}

Update: “Video Points Investigators Toward Suspect in Boston Bombings.” Pray for Boston. {Video} Updates: 173 wounded, 3 dead. How to help.

Update: possible lead, finally, for the first time: NY Times. “Video Points Investigators Toward Suspect in Boston Bombings.” And, this is interesting, a fascinating grassroots coming together seeking to match bomb debris with backpacks, etc.

Eight year old boy identified as Martin Richard, was the son of William and Denise Richard of Carruth Street in Dorchester. His Mom and sister are in the hospital with grievous injuries; another daughter was unharmed. https://twitter.com/BostonDotCom/status/324025711214080000 https://twitter.com/BostonDotCom/status/324025932513939457

Update: President Obama on Boston. {Video}


Our love and prayers to the Iraq people, where fatal bombings in Iraqi cities are reported. Over 200 injured, 30+ dead. ~ ed.

“And as we see the flags from the 50 countries participating in this event, still flying, we are reminded that this is not just a Boston or an American event, but a global event and a global tragedy” ~ CNN

“Such a happy joyous event turned into living hell.” ~ a runner.

Oleana Restaurant in Boston, “If marathoners need a warm meal or a safe place to wait for loved ones, we will help.

There is NO suspect, per the Boston News Conference via Boston PD Commissioner.

IRS giving an extension to Boston area residents, details on Tuesday. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/irs-gives-boston-area-taxpayers-more-time-1C9361538 thanks to /u/Iampossiblyatwork

Family members looking for info relative to individuals injured during the incident are encouraged to call (617) 635-4500. https://twitter.com/Boston_Police/status/323948571726598146

A lot of hotels have closed. Temps dropping, tired runners. ARE YOU A RUNNER WHO NEEDS A PLACE TO STAY TONIGHT? Dozens of Bostonians have opened their homes to you. See here: docs.google.com

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis: “There is no suspect in custody yet. We’re questioning many people, but there is no suspect in custody at this time.”

How to talk to children about tragedy.  #mrrogers #bostonhelp

“Love: Patton Oswalt’s perspective on when evil strikes.”

Facing Tragedy from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

“Thirty-three buses worth of unclaimed runners bags can be claimed now on Berkeley Street in Copley Square, according to race officials.

The bags will be left on the street till dark at which point they will be moved to a safe location.”

Runners shelter has been opened at 1187 Beacon. Runners can get phone access and medical help— Carly Carioli (@carlycarioli)

BREAKING: President Obama to address the nation at 610pm EST from the Brady Press Briefing Room.

RT @Billy_Baker If you see a runner, ask if you can help. Temp is dropping and a lot of out-of-towners have nowhere to go.

#MBTA Update: Normal service resuming on all lines. DTX and Park St have reopened. Pls expect some residual delays. http://bit.ly/lDlPdf

Brookline residents offering up their homes to stranded #BostonMarathon runners. goo.gl/H1jsN

Cell phone users should text people trying to reach #prayforboston instead of calling to free up mobile networks 4 emergency uses.

— Boston Police are looking for tips: 617-635-4500 or 1-800-494-TIPS. #prayforboston

Google has made a people finder. Spread the word.

“Many runners can’t get to hotels. People of Boston may need to open their homes tonight, show visitors what’s great about this city.”

Man lost both his legs. Click here for photo (I can’t share the photo that shows full gore, it’s too horrible to share widely, but worth looking at for those who want to witness the full tragedy of this day).

Holding blood-stained US Flag: (click for source):

“Everyone was running. I was right next to the explosion. It threw me. I never sprinted so fast after a marathon.” usat.ly/15gyvXx

J.F.K. Library Says All Staff and Visitors Safe

3rd incident confirmed at JFK library. Two other bombs found and deactivated elsewhere.

Boston Police confirm two bombs were placed in trash cans at finish line. A third unexploded bomb was discovered.

— WEEI (@WEEI) April 15, 2013

Not confirmed:

“Authorities have a identified a suspect, who is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital with shrapnel wounds.” http://bit.ly/14qBRaN

RT @nishachittal: Final mile of marathon was dedicated to Newtown victims & Newtown families were seated near bombs. bit.ly/Zm00KW

Update: two more bombs reportedly found. JFK Library fire put out.

Incredibly powerful photo:

Update: The race is over. There is no alternate finish” just announced.

Update via NY Times: explosions. Click for more:

Now hearing 28 injured, as many as 10 dead.

Immediate aftermath:

[deleted video after first few days, it autoloaded with audio]

Many Twitter users are using the hashtag #prayforboston now on Twitter to express their shock and disbelief.

RT @nypost: Fox News reports Massachusetts General Hospital treating 10 people with amputated limbs http://nyp.st/YLvT0I#BostonMarathon

Marathon officials and police are sending buses out to pick up runners who still are on the course. Those closer in are being redirected to the Common.

Talked to a volunteer in the lobby who said lanyards were being used by first responders as tourniquets. Good god.

— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn)

Update 23 injuries 2 dead #tweetfromthebeat

Now an ocean of Boston Marathon runners on Comm Ave median and south side of street moving from Kenmore toward Public Garden (4:07).

— Chris Faraone (@Fara1)

Photo: @WaylonLewis on Instagram

On behalf of all elephants everywhere, let’s send prayers and love to Boston. Info, updates, video.

Praying that friends running and watching the Boston Marathon are okay.

If you’re in Boston, blessings to you. Please check in with loved ones to let them know you’re safe. Please leave any updates, comments, relevant news in comments below and I’ll add them here. ~ Waylon

I lived in Boston for seven years. Was just there, on Boylston street. There’s nothing more sad, more evil, than deliberately killing innocents. Our prayers.

A series of explosions erupted near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday. The Boston Police Department confirmed that they were looking into an explosion, but had no further comment.

Read more updates on NY Times. More info on The Atlantic.

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