3 killed, more than 140 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing
Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
April 15th, 2013
11:46 PM ET

3 killed, more than 140 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing

  • Three killed - including 8-year-old boy - in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, officials say. Area hospitals say at least 144 are injured, including eight children.
  • Two explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line.
  • Boston.com journalist tells CNN "blood everywhere," people missing limbs.
  • Race called off; Red Cross and Google set up websites to help people find loved ones in the area
  • Full story here; also, see CNN affiliates WBZ; WCVB; WHDH

[Update, 11:05 a.m. ET Tuesday] This post is no longer being updated. For Tuesday's coverage, please read this story.

[Update, 11:41 p.m. ET] Stephen Segatore, a nurse who was at the medical tent near the finish line for the Boston Marathon, said emergency responders immediately went into mass-casualty mode.

"We had full trauma response at the scene," he told CNN. "We had physicians, nurses who are experienced in trauma care. We had EMTs and it was a full Level 1 trauma experience."

Segatore said he treated at least 25 people as those experienced in trauma care stepped forward while others treated people with minor injuries.

[Update, 11:35 p.m. ET] Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir  condemned the bombings in Boston and offered his condolences to victims' families.

“What occurred today in Boston is a heinous crime which contradicts the values of humanity.”  he said.

[Update, 10:52 p.m. ET] The total of injured has risen to 144 people, officials at Boston area hospitals said. That includes three additional patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

[Update, 10:41 p.m. ET] A law enforcement source in Boston tells CNN that investigators have a "number of active leads, and some good early progress in the forensics analysis."

[Update, 10:07 p.m. ET] Dr. Peter Fagenholz told reporters that there were 29 wounded people at Massachusetts General Hospital, eight of whom were in critical condition. Many of the people had shrapnel injuries to their lower extremites, he said.

"We have performed several amputations," he said.

There were no pediatric patients among the wounded, he said.

[Update, 9:38 p.m. ET] Dr. Allan Panter, who was near the finish line waiting for his wife who was running the race, told CNN he was standing about 20 to 25 feet from the first blast. He said he treated victims on the street after the explosion.

"I saw at least six to seven people down next to me," he said. "They protected me from the blast. One lady expired. One gentleman lost both his (lower) limbs. Most of the injuries were lower extremities. I could not figure out why the young lady had expired. I could not find any injury on her thorax."

[Update, 9:28 p.m. ET] Bill Iffrig, seen in video wearing an orange tank top and being blown over as he approached the finish line, told CNN's Piers Morgan that he was feeling OK after the blast.

"I got down to within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and heard just tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me, and the shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around," he said. "I knew i was going down and so i ended up down on the blacktop."

Iffrig, 78, said he was assisted by one of the event volunteers, who helped him up so he could finish the race. After that, the worker looked for aid for Iffrig, who had just a scratch from his fall.

"He insisted on getting a wheelchair over there so we started to do that, but then before that was rounded up, i said my hotel's about six blocks away so I think I can make it okay. So they let me get out of there and I went on home to my wife."

[Update, 8:55 p.m. ET] A Saudi national with a leg wound was under guard at a Boston hospital in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon, but investigators cannot say he is involved at this time and he is not in custody, a law enforcement official said Monday evening.

[Update, 8:54 p.m. ET] Three people were killed in the bombings, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters Monday night, raising the toll by one.

[Update, 8:52 p.m. ET] The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation, Rick DesLauriers, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office, told reporters.

[Update, 8:44 p.m.ET ] The Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled, the NBA announced. With the regular season almost at its end, the contest will not be made up.

[Update, 8:36 p.m. ET] Investigators have warned law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to a law enforcement advisory obtained by CNN.

The man was seen with a black backpack and sweatshirt and was trying to get into a restricted area about five minutes before the first explosion, the lookout notice states.

[Update, 8:35 p.m.] Hospital workers have treated 141 people after the Boston Marathon bombings, officials at those facilities said Monday night. Two people died in the terror attack, including an 8-year-old boy, a state law enforcement source said.

[Update, 8:32 p.m.]  A statement has been issued by the race organizers: "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.

"We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area.

"At this time, runners bags in Boston which remain unclaimed may be picked up by runners presenting their bib number or proof of race participation at the Castle, at 101 Arlington Street, in Boston.

"At this time, we are cooperating with the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all federal law enforcement officials.

"We would like to thank the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support us today."

[Update, 7:57 p.m. ET] Doctors are "pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room," a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.

The same source said the blasts resulted in at least 10 lost limbs.

[Update, 7:43 p.m. ET] An 8-year-old boy was among those killed, a state law enforcement source said, according to CNN's John King.

[Update, 7:38 p.m. ET] At least 132 people - including eight children - have been injured in the bombings, according to Boston-area hospitals. Boston police earlier said that two people were killed.

At least 17 of the injured are in critical condition, and at least 25 are in serious condition, area hospitals said.

[Update, 7:08 p.m. ET] A witness, Marilyn Miller, told CNN that she was about 30 feet away from the first bomb when it went off. The second bomb came about 12 seconds after and about 50 to 100 yards away from the first, according to authorities and an analysis of video from the site.

Miller was waiting for a runner who, it turns out, was probably about 10 minutes away from the finish line.

"We saw injuries all around us," Miller said. Someone was putting pressure on a woman's neck. "A little boy, his leg was torn up. A woman, (people) were (shouting), 'Critical, critical, get out of out way!'"

[Update, 6:51 p.m. ET] At least 110 people have been injured in the bombings, according to Boston-area hospitals.

[Update, 6:49 p.m. ET] Boston cell phone services were overloaded in the wake of the blast, slowing the city's network dramatically and hampering the investigation in the early going, federal law enforcement officials told CNN.

Unconfirmed rumors began circulating on social media and elsewhere that law enforcement had shut down cell service to prevent more explosives from being detonated remotely. But mobile companies were saying that was never the case, CNN's Doug Gross reports.

"Verizon Wireless has not been asked by any government agency to turn down its wireless service," a spokesman for that company told CNN. "Any reports to that effect are inaccurate."

In other media reports, Sprint similarly denied being asked to shut down service.

Online, Bostonians were being encouraged to stay off of their mobile phones except for emergencies and even open up their wireless connections to help take the load off of the cellular data network.

"If you live or run a business in #Boston near bombsite (please) open your wifi for people to use," tweeted Disaster Tech Lab, an Irish nonprofit dedicated to providing technology to assist in emergency situations.

[Update, 6:47 p.m. ET] Initial tests indicate that the two bombs were small and possibly crude, with the tests not indicating any high-grade explosive material was used, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN national security contributor and former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend.

The source said the FBI considers the incident a terrorist attack, "but they've made clear to me they do not know at this time whether those responsible for the attack were a foreign or domestic group," Townsend said.

A woman comforts another, who appears to have suffered an injury to her hand.

[Update, 6:35 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, said an unexploded device was found at a hotel on Boylston Street, and another unexploded device was found at an undisclosed location.

Keating, who is a member of the House Homeland Security committee and has spoken to law enforcement sources, tells CNN's Dierdre Walsh that the incidents were a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."

Runners who had not finished the race were stopped before the Massachusetts Avenue overpass on Commonwealth Avenue.

[Update, 6:14 p.m. ET] More from President Obama, who just wrapped up his brief statement at the White House: "We still do not know who did this or why ... but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. ... Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

[Update, 6:11 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is speaking about the bombings now: “The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight, and Michelle and I send out deepest thoughts and prayers to the victims," Obama said at the White House.

A man embraces a young girl after the attacks.

[Update, 5:59 p.m. ET] John Manis, an eyewitness in his 50s, was about 200 feet away from the finish line near the Prudential building when the bombings occurred. He felt the blast to the point that it made him and others around him jump in the air, and some others around him fell down on the ground, he said, according to CNN's Eden Pontz.

Manis said he heard two blasts about five seconds apart. He said there was confusion all around him, and he was hustled into the nearby Mandarin Hotel. Officials wouldn’t let them leave the hotel for a bit, and he says all who were there were all frisked by police. He said that when he left, he saw broken storefronts and lots of blood.

A man comforts a victim on the sidewalk at the scene of the first explosion.

[Update, 5:51 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement at about 6:10 p.m. ET from the White House.

A runner reacts near Kenmore Square after the two terrorist bombings near the Boston Marathon’s finish line.

[Update, 5:35 p.m. ET] Google has established a person-finder related to the Boston bombings. People who are looking for someone or have information about someone can make reports there.

[Update, 5:31 p.m. ET] Boston police now appear to be backing away from their commissioner's earlier statement that a third incident - at the JFK Library 5 miles from the finish line - might have been related to the Boston Marathon blasts.

On Twitter, Boston police say: "Update JFK incident appears to be fire related."

An injured person is taken away from the scene.

[Update, 5:21 p.m. ET] Precautions are being taken at the White House because of the Boston explosions, CNN’s Jessica Yellin reports. See that in the video below, as well as Vice President Joe Biden's reaction to the incident:

[Update, 5:17 p.m. ET] In the video below, a man describes the initial blast, saying the impact was so strong it “almost blew my head off.” He was not injured, but saw many people sustain horrific injuries.

[Update, 5:15 p.m. ET] The Boston Globe is reporting a much higher injury count. They report that more than 100 people are being treated for injuries, citing local hospitals.

https://twitter.com/BostonGlobe

[Update, 5:10 p.m. ET] Hospitals now say they are treating as many as 51 wounded after the bombings. Two people have been killed, according to Boston police.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

[Update, 5:09 p.m. ET] It will take a long time to clear the area, because lots of people dropped bags and whatever else they had when the finish-line blasts happened. Authorities have to check all of those bags, and bomb squads "may be blowing things up over the next few hours" out of precaution, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

In the words of Boston Globe political reporter Cynthia Needham, on Twitter:

Thousands of runners still had yet to finish the race when the bombs exploded in a spectator area along Boylston Street near the finish line, CNN executive producer Matt Frucci at the scene.

[Update, 4:58 p.m. ET] New details from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis:

- A third explosion happened at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library "about a half-hour ago." The library is about 5 miles southeast of the Boston Marathon finish line.
- Police don't immediately know whether that explosion is related to the two near the Boston Marathon finish line.
- The two blasts near the finish line - along Boylston Street near Copley Square - "happened 50 to 100 yards apart."
- "We're recommending to people that they stay home ... and that they don't go anyplace and congregate in large crowds."
- Relatives of people who may be missing in the area can call the mayor's hotline at 617-635-4500.
- Anyone who has information about the bombings or saw anything suspicious can call 1-800-494-TIPS.

[Update, 4:46 p.m. ET] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says “this is a horrific day in Boston."

"My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured," Patrick said in a statement released this afternoon. "I have been in touch with the president, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.”

A man lays on the ground after the explosions in Boston.

[Update, 4:45 p.m. ET] It appears that so many people are using cell phones in the center of Boston, consistent service is hard to get - and the overload is hampering the investigation, two federal law enforcement sources tell CNN.

A person who was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is taken away from the scene.

[Update, 4:40 p.m. ET] Another journalist says she saw victims who lost limbs. This account is from Boston Globe political reporter Cynthia Needham:

"Outside MGH: Head of emergency medicine says 19 have been brought to MGH, six critically injured, some with amputations," she posted to Twitter.

Earlier, we noted that Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva reported that he "saw dismemberment" and "blood everywhere."

[Update, 4:37 p.m. ET] Organizers with the London Marathon, scheduled for this coming Sunday, have taken notice.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston," London Marathon officials said Monday. "Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running. Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news."

[Update, 4:30 p.m. ET] Boston firefighters have found what they believe is an unexploded device after the blasts, a government official said, according to CNN's Joe Johns.

Police officers with their guns drawn hear the second explosion down the street. The first explosion knocked down a runner at the finish line.

[Update, 4:27 p.m. ET] "I saw blood everywhere," Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva told Boston.com.

Silva told the news outlet that he was near the finish line when the explosions happened. He said he saw a number of injuries in the area where spectators were. He saw "someone lost their leg," and he said "people are crying, people are confused."

"It was just an explosion, it came out of nowhere," he said. "There are multiple injuries. I saw dismemberment, I saw blood everywhere. People are badly injured."

[Update, 4:19 p.m. ET] We have a new injury count: According to hospital officials, at least 28 people are being treated for injuries connected to this afternoon's blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Nineteen were being treated at Massachusetts General and nine at Tufts Medical Center, officials at those facilities said. Boston police earlier put the number of victims at two dead and 22 hurt.

A person who was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon is taken away from the scene in a wheelchair.

[Update, 4:16 p.m. ET] "People started scrambling, pushing, shoving" when the explosions happened in a sidewalk area along Boylston Street, near the finish line in the Copley Square area, says CNN executive producer Matt Frucci at the scene.

Frucci said he heard the blasts.

"After the dust settled, (I saw) six or seven people strewn about the area where the second (explosion) was.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

[Update, 4:11 p.m. ET] A Red Cross website has been established to help people find loved ones in the area.

"Individuals can register themselves as safe or search for loved ones," Massachusetts' emergency management agency says.

[Update, 4:08 p.m. ET] At least two people have been killed and 22 are injured in the apparent bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston police say.

An explosion rips through a location near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

[Update, 4:02 p.m. ET]  A Massachusetts General Hospital spokeswoman tells CNN 19 victims  have been brought in.

[Update,3:57 p.m. ET] On their Twitter page, Boston marathon officials made this announcement: "There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."

[Update, 3:53 p.m. ET] New York is taking precautions as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

In a written statement, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said: "We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned.

[Update, 3:45 p.m. ET] Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area. Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.

Onlooker Josh Matthews said he heard the blast, then saw police running toward the scene.

"We just heard a lot of sirens, and people were kind of frantic, and it was a bad situation, so we got out of there," he said.

[Update, 3:37 p.m.] Four victims of explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line are at the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN. She had no information about the victims' conditions.

[Posted at 3:25 p.m. ET] A pair of explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, injuring at least a half-dozen people, a CNN producer at the scene said.

The blasts occurred a few seconds apart, shrouding downtown Boston's Copley Square in smoke. Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.

The explosions occurred about 2:45 p.m., about an hour after the first runners had crossed the finish line, Frucci said.

soundoff (2,721 Responses)
  1. Stefan

    This is my home. All of you making jokes or worse using this to talk about politics can shove it.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merry Christmas!

      Then you should expect these things. You should move.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      You said it Stefan.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Oliver

      Merry Christmas, please try to have some class. These are real people you are being ignorant toward.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • betterdays

      So I shouldn't say "home of the original Tea Party" or something like that?

      April 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    nicely stated. Thank you.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KN

    The Red Cross links to the Safe and Well registry do not seem to be working. Maybe the server is overloaded with people trying to access? Please advise.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lennygore

    Reblogged this on Chicago Gore and commented:
    My God... this is horrible. Please pray for everyone affected by this.
    I don't know what else to say. There are no words.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. They call me Joe

    Another reason why Islam needs to be DESTROYED... PERIOD. Nothing ever comes out good with that fake religion.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Francesco

      What are you talking about? We don't even know what happened yet. Do you remember Oklahoma City? That was a right wing lunatic. This could be the same.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Oliver

      So Joe, if they find the person or persons responsible are Christians are you still wanting to kill Muslims anyway? Or will you want to kill Christians or are you just going to say "never mind."

      April 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Egg Salad Sandwich

    This doesn't smell of Islam. This is home grown.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUSAYIN

      hmmmm, why does this not 'smell of Islam'?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      My guess is that if it was an attack by Muslim extremists you'd be dealing with suicide bombers and not something left in a trashcan, mailbox, whatever. Obviously I could be wrong but my guess is that we'll find out more pretty quickly.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sammyD

      I agree, this doesn't sound Islamic. 9-11 had some symbolism, such as the fall of Western society. This just sounds sick and cruel.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • betterdays

      Smells of egg salad,

      April 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JUSAYIN

    did we learn so little from 9/11 ? How can it be that security at a public event of this size missed bombs being planted all around ? the story keeps changing, but it appears multiple bombs have been found....

    April 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ruben Castilla Herrera

    This is a sad state of affairs. I'm wondering how this will be blamed on "border security enforcement" and delay the upcoming immigration bill tomorrow....MARK MY WORD.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Which "word" in your dimwitted comment would you like me to mark??

      April 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      If this was committed by a group of illegal immigrants – as the 9/11 attack was – then it should be blamed on border enforcement.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • In Boston

      Check the map. We have no border.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      Love how people automatically blame it on "foreigners" or "illegal aliens" - pathetic. Has is occurred to you that since 9/11 EVERY BOMBING AND MASS MURDER IN THE US WAS DONE BY AN ANGRY WHITE MAN?????

      April 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. may god comfort the families of the victims

    Chiedu

    April 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    This is another reason the American people should be armed. Leave the 2nd Amendment alone. Bag the moms against firearms, Newtown was one in a million, you would have better odds of hitting the lottery for it to happen again in another school. Maybe moms, dads, congress and everyone else should protest and ban bombs in america. Do you really think that would work, NO neither will an assuslt weapon or magazine ban will work. The American people must protect themselves and their families.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • spthatcher

      Please explain how a gun is going to stop a concealed explosive. Please.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      ... and people with guns would have prevented this? You are an idiot.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Would you have shot the bombs?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurent Fourier

      And how would your gun help you in this instance? Would you shoot the bomb? My prayers with the families of victims or injured...

      April 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Paco

      Since Newtown is only the latest of several school-based massacres, it's hard to say that it's "one in a million."

      April 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • In Boston

      Did you expect the victims to shoot the bombs? Way to politicize this.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Seriously! Have some sympathy.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shana

      You are clearly very ignorant.. There are school shootings almost monthly in America. Besides when these explosions went off what good would guns do? Shoot victims? There was no suspects anyone saw, if anything more people would have got injured if scared people with guns were running around.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Are you that dense?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanvon

      Ya, because you would have shot the bombs before they went off, Saving the day!

      April 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Exactly how would being armed have helped in this case?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JML

      Who exactly were they going to shoot? You think whomever did this just walked up and said, "Hey, I'm going to leave my bomb here, ok?" I support responsible, educated gun ownership, but your post makes no sense in this instance.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ebradley1976

      Because one Walmart shopper with a handgun could bring down a coordinated series of attacks. Go kill yourself with that gun you so cherish.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeR

      Brian – there were already lots of armed police in the area.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • one in a million?

      Brian, really one in a million? How many schools have been hit by attackers with weapons. Do you remember Columbine, The Aurora cinema massacre, Sandyhook, and several others not covered nationwide. And would you have the same reaction if YOUR child was one of those in the attack?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • thib

      yes ofcourse so what youre saying is if you had a gun it wouldve helped right do you mind explaining that logic please

      April 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      I am not against having guns, I am a gun enthusiast myself, but please explain how armed citizens could have prevented the bomb from going off? If anything it could have made the situation more dangerous. Some people could have freaked out and started shooting at random, then what? Just because you take a gun training class doesn't mean you will be prepared for crazy situations like this.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      I agree.A gun would of made the situation worse.I'm not against guns either.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pointless

      I'm all for guns properly licensed and used for protection. Someone having a gun in Boston would do nothing for this situation. it isn't going to stop the stupid idiot who put the bomb there. No one who was there noticed the bombs. What are you going to do go and gun down people and pull a George Zimmerman? Murder innocent people? A gun is for protection in your own house. The FBI and cops can be armed on the streets.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      The last thing that Americans need is more access to firearms. Countries with strong gun control laws, like Canada, have a significantly less murder rate. This is not a coincidence. Do not try to use this tragedy in Boston to advocate for your right to bear arms. People being armed would not have prevented this tragedy in the least. Come on, common sense is needed here.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      How does carrying a firearm solve this problem?....who do you want to shoot? Shoot all the spectators running for their lives after something frightening like this happens? Give your head a shake, this is terrorism...it has nothing to do with being armed. If you know who is responsible for these actions just notify authorities and help ensure that nobody else is killed or injured...you and everyone else carrying a firearm and taking justice into your own hands certainly would be scary.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      No but just another example of crime in America. You never know where the next crime will happen because crime has no boundaries or borders. We are safer armed than unarmed. I can tell you this, if a criminal breaks into my home and I am there, they will definitely leave feet first. No a armed person probably wouldn's have stopped this person, but if you think this is the last crime that will happen, something is wrong with you. Maybe a future crime can be stopped or prevented (that what gun control protesters say about guns). So lets see what works better. For me, I have a right to carry a weapon and will not matter who likes it or not.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ralph

    Hopefully no one else dies

    April 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Egg Sandwich (my yoke broke)

    BAN BOMBS!

    April 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Muslims

    April 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniyal

      North Koreans

      April 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrComments

      Gun nuts. Race was being dedicated to Newtown victims, 26 victims, 26 miles. Right now all eyes on Gun nuts. White Supremacists. Glen Beck and Hannity fans. Trash.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • betterdays

      Mimes!

      April 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Muhammad Jesus

    Felt very sad when i saw the news. How many families would have been affected due to this atrocities. Hope help reach them in time

    April 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. billy bob

    Sounds like some psycho wants attention...its a shame

    April 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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