Boy, 8, Killed in Boston Terror Attack Identified

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By Josh Levs and Monte Plott

(CNN) -- Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.

The blasts threw people to the ground. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Monday night that the death toll had risen to three. Scores were injured at the scene.

One of the dead was an 8-year-old boy, according to a state law enforcement source.

The Boston Globe identified the boy as Martin Richard.

Hospitals reported at least 141 people are being treated, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of the patients are children.

At least 10 people injured had limbs amputated, according to a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation.

Doctors are "pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room," the expert said, suggesting the bombs were designed to propel shrapnel.

"Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," President Barack Obama vowed.

Boston "is a tough and resilient town," he said, adding that Americans will stand by Bostonians "every single step of the way."

'Like a huge cannon'

The terrorist attack, near the marathon's finish line, triggered widespread screaming and chaos, shattered windows and barricades and sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square.

The blasts were about 50 to 100 yards apart, officials said, on a stretch of the marathon course lined with spectators cheering runners through the final yards of a 26-mile, 385-yard endurance feat.

"It felt like a huge cannon," a witness told CNN about one of the blasts.

Photos from the scene showed people being carried away on stretchers. One man in a wheelchair had blood all over his face and legs.

The bombs shook buildings, sending people to seek shelter under tables, witnesses said.

Federal authorities are classifying the bombings as a terrorist attack, but it's not clear whether the origin was domestic or foreign, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.

A federal law enforcement official told CNN that both bombs were small, and initial tests showed no C-4 or other high-grade explosive material, suggesting that the packages used in the attack were crude explosive devices.

Investigators warned police to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with the attack, 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.

Also, a Saudi national with a leg wound was under guard at a Boston hospital in connection with the bombings, but investigators cannot say he is involved at this time and he is not in custody, a law enforcement official said Monday evening.

Another explosive device found

Authorities in Boston found at least one other explosive device that they were dismantling, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

Rep. Bill Keating of Massachusetts, meanwhile, said there were two more found.

One unexploded device was found at a hotel on Boylston Street near the bomb site and another unexploded device was found at an undisclosed location, Keating, a Democrat and member of the House Homeland Security committee, said, calling the bombing a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."

Davis said a third blast at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was believed to be related to the marathon bombings, but police later said that incident was believed to be fire-related. The library said all staff and visitors are safe.

It was unclear who may have planted the marathon bombs. There were no credible threats before the race, a state government official said.

There is no suspect in custody, but many people are being questioned, Davis said.

In addition to scrutinizing images of surveillance cameras in the area, the FBI likely was issuing subpoenas for records from cell towers in the area to isolate and trace calls from around Copley Square at the time of the blasts, according to a former federal law enforcement official who now works in the intelligence community.

The unexploded devices that were recovered could provide a treasure trove of information such as fingerprints and indications of the bomb maker's design, and from the bombs that did explode, investigators would be looking for fragments and anything indicating the "signature" of the bomb makers, the official told CNN.

As authorities searched the scene, numerous suspicious packages were found, possibly because people fled the area, leaving items behind. Investigators were checking them.

All off-duty Boston police were called in.

The Marriott hotel at Copley Place was evacuated as a precaution.

The Lenox Hotel was also evacuated as a precaution, the Boston Globe reported.

'Horrific day'

Crowds were in the area watching the runners take part in the world's oldest annual marathon.

It was also Patriot's Day, commemorating the opening battle of the Revolutionary War.

Within seconds, the festive occasion turned into devastation.

"This is a horrific day in Boston," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in a statement.

"My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured. I have been in touch with the president, Mayor (Thomas) 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."

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, a Justice Department official said.

Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department to be deployed to ensure the matter is fully investigated, the official said.

The Federal Aviation Administration placed a flight restriction over the site of the blasts.

Other cities, including New York and Washington, tightened security as a result. Following standard protocol, the White House cleared out an area in front of the West Wing.

"If you see something, say something," Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, wrote on Twitter. "All cities will be on a heightened state of alertness per Homeland Security protocols."

Mike Baingon, who works at the Atlantic Fish Company in Boston, said an explosion took place in front of the restaurant and that he was right by the front door at the time.

The explosions occurred at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.

The race was halted as was subway service into the area.

Runners east of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Boston Common; those west of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Kenmore Square, the state's emergency management agency said.

Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard, already at the site as part of the marathon's security and crowd-management plan, were assisting police as well.

Google has set up a website to help people find loved ones.

The Cleveland Catholic Diocese posted this tweet:

FOX 8 contributed to this report.

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Kara Sutyak April 15, 20133:36 pm

Authorities: at least three people dead

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20133:40 pm

CNN: Four victims of explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line are at the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:01 pm

Boston Marathon organizers say two bombs went off near the finish line of Monday’s race. “We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened,” the Boston Athletic Association said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:10 pm

At least two people died and 22 others were hurt in the explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon, Boston police said.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:12 pm

Out of abundance of caution, the Lenox Hotel is being evacuated, the Boston Globe reported

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:18 pm

At least 28 people are being treated for injuries at two Boston hospitals: Nineteen at Massachusetts General and nine at Tufts Medical Center, officials at those facilities said.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:26 pm

Reports say President Obama has reached out to the Boston Mayor

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:33 pm

Reports: Two more explosive devices found and are being dismantled

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:34 pm

D.C. heightening security following Boston Marathon explosions

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:39 pm

Police reportedly reviewing surveillance tapes

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:42 pm

Six of the 19 people being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital are in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:54 pm

Police: all victims have been removed from the scene

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:54 pm

Police: at this time, we have NOT found another device

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:54 pm

Police: a third incident happened at JFK Library

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:55 pm

Police: not sure if the library incident is related to the other two incidents at the marathon

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:55 pm

Police: we are asking that people stay out of crowds in Boston and calmly make their way back home

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:57 pm

Authorities looking for any information from people who were at the marathon

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:57 pm

Authorities are looking at anything left behind at the Boston Marathon as a “suspicious device.”

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20134:58 pm

Authorities say the JFK Library incident is just unfolding now (before 5 p.m.)

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:11 pm

Diocese of Cleveland just tweeted: We pray 4 those affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. May God’s healing hands be with those who need them.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:16 pm

Planes are barred from flying within three miles of the explosion site

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:16 pm

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are in the investigation

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:18 pm

FOX News reporting that a person of interest is in custody

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:21 pm

Figures from three hospitals place the number of injured from the marathon blasts as high as 51.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:22 pm

Boston Logan International Airport: the FAA has announced a ground stop for Boston Logan airport until further notice.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:30 pm

Cleveland police: At this time there are NO credible threats to our area.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:31 pm

In light of the tragic events, Cleveland police will have increased patrols in the downtown area this evening.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:35 pm

Boston police now say the incident at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library “appears to be fire related.” Police Commissioner Ed Davis said earlier that investigators were trying to determine whether a reported explosion there was connected to the earlier bombings at the Boston Marathon; the library has said the fire appeared to have begun in a new building’s mechanical room.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:42 pm

Hospitals say they are now treating 69 people who were wounded in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:48 pm

UPDATE: Flights are departing/arriving from Logan; please check with your airline for delays or flight changes.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:49 pm

President Obama scheduled to speak about the explosions after 6 p.m. ET

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20135:59 pm

Authorities: we increased security in preparation for the event; but there was no specific intelligence that anything like this was going to happen.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20136:00 pm

Authorities: no suspect in custody at this time

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20136:06 pm

Federal authorities are classifying Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon as a terrorist attack, but it’s not clear whether its origin was domestic or foreign, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20136:11 pm

President Obama: Increasing security around the U.S. and has asked federal officials to investigate what happened today

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20136:12 pm

Obama says he has made it clear to the city they have every federal resource available to get to the bottom of the explosions and to provide help for victims and their families

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20136:13 pm

Obama: “We still do not know who did this or why. People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have the facts. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20136:14 pm

Obama: “We will find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable.”

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20136:41 pm

At least 90 people have been treated at hospitals after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, officials at those facilities reported. The number of dead still stands at two.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20136:52 pm

At least 110 people have been treated at area hospitals after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, including six who were in critical condition and eight children, spokespeople for those facilities said. Another two people died in the terrorist attack.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20137:04 pm

The bombs were small, with no initial sign of high-grade explosive material, an official tells CNN

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20137:04 pm

The blasts at the marathon were 50 to 100 yards apart, officials say

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20137:43 pm

The number of wounded treated at Boston hospitals has risen to 132, including 17 in critical condition, hospital officials said. Two people died in the terror attack, including an 8-year-old boy, a state law enforcement source said.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20138:01 pm

The bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon on Monday resulted in at least 10 lost limbs and left doctors picking ball bearings out of victims in the emergency room, a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation said.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20138:34 pm

Investigators have warned police to be on the lookout for a “darker-skinned or black male” with a possible foreign accent in connection with the 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.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 20138:35 pm

UPDATE: 141 people treated at Boston hospitals after explosions.

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:46 pm

Officials say at a press conference regarding the Boston Marathon: “This is an active investigation.” The National Guard has secured the area and is limiting access over the next day or two.

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:47 pm

Runners unable to finish the race…and families who haven’t had a chance to connect with family and friends can check into a support center set up in the city.

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:48 pm

Officials ask that everyone be on a state of heightened vigilance and report suspicious packages, parcels and activity to local law enforcement.

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:50 pm

FBI officials: It is a criminal investigation that is a “potential terrorist investigation.”

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:52 pm

U.S. Department of Justice: “There are a lot of questions, questions we wish we could answer…I can assure you this is a very … active investigation. I ask that you help with that. There is a lot of information being sought…there’s a lot of misinformation, and we don’t want to add to that misinformation.”

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:53 pm

Boston Mayor’s Office: “This cowardly act will not be taken in stride. We will turn every rock over to find the people responsible for this.”

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:53 pm

Boston Mayor’s Office: “At least three people have died. There is no suspect.”

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20138:56 pm

District Attorney’s Office: “Moments like these, terrible as they are, don’t show our weakness. They show our strength.”

Darcie Loreno April 15, 20139:00 pm

Officials say the main focus of the investigation is the area near where the explosions occurred. It is locked down.

Kara Sutyak April 15, 201310:34 pm

Several of the patients suffered injuries to lower limbs that will require “serial operations” in the coming days, Massachusetts General Hospital trauma surgeon Peter Fagenholz said.

Darren Sweeney April 16, 20133:56 am

The 8-year-old boy killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon has been identified as Martin Richard, The Boston Globe reported.