Mass General Hospital Handles 'Very Severe' Marathon Blast Injuries

BOSTON -- Grieving family members of nearly 30 victims rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital after Monday's twin explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were among those waiting for answers as the toll increased and rumors spread through the city.

Mass General received 29 patients, eight in critical condition, the hospital said. Injuries ranged from minor cuts to amputations. Some of the injuries were "very severe," said Dr Peter Fagenholz, a trauma surgeon at Mass General. The most common serious injury, he said, was in victims' legs.

Several victims will require additional surgeries, Fagenholz said. None of the victims were children.

At least three people were killed and more than 140 people were injured in Monday's blast, according to police and hospitals. Boston Children's Hospital treated 10 victims, including a 9-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy with a head injury.

At Mass General, police and security forces maintained a blockade of the hospital, preventing some patients from entering. More than two dozen police officers kept guard at the hospital's entrance and in neighboring streets.

At one point, one of the hospital's parking garages was closed off as police SWAT teams searched discarded bags. Nothing was found.

Visitors wishing to see patients injured in the blasts had to navigate numerous police checkpoints set up near the hospital entrance. News media were blocked from the building.

Inside, hospital workers and patients hurriedly called friends and family to share what they had seen from Monday's carnage.

Some spoke of treating patients with shattered limbs while choking back tears. Visitors who were trying to see family members rushed through the hospital's doors, desperate to find out whether their loved ones were unharmed.

It was a traumatic scene, said Michael Berman, of Boston, who was visiting a friend hurt in an unrelated incident.

"These people just had this look of pain, anguish on their faces," Berman said. "Everyone was trying to help them, but they looked like they were in agony. What do you say to that person?"

Berman was among a group of hospital visitors with no connection to Monday's attack. Many of them said they wished they could have helped the victims, their families or hospital workers but they didn't know how. They simply watched the scene unfold before them, and tried their best to stay out of the way.

"All we can do is pray," said a 54-year-old woman, who declined to give her name but said she was visiting a relative. "My heart goes out to the families."



04/19/2013 2:30 AM EDT

GLOBE: Bombing Suspect In Custody, Another Remains On The Loose

One marathon suspect has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.

Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.

Read more here.

04/19/2013 12:44 AM EDT

Unconfirmed Photo Of Suspect 2 In Boston Marathon Bombing Emerges On Facebook

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Just hours after the FBI released the first photos of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, a new photo of Suspect 2 may have emerged.

David Green, 49, of Jacksonville, Fla., had just completed his first Boston Marathon, when he snapped a picture with his iPhone 4S, taken at 2:50, just after the two blasts ripped through the finish line area, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

The FBI has not publicly confirmed this photo as Suspect 2, but Green told the Huffington Post that an agent told him, "this is probably the best we have right now."

The man who appears to be Suspect 2 is wearing a white hat with a "3" on the side as seen in the publicly-released photos.

Read more here.

04/18/2013 10:19 PM EDT

Boston Bombing Victim in Iconic Photo Helped Identify Attackers: Bloomberg

Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.

Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.

Read more here.

04/18/2013 9:04 PM EDT

Federal Law Enforcement Says Suspects Stayed To Watch Carnage: CNN Reports

04/18/2013 7:26 PM EDT

Right Wing Journalist Goes Ballistic During Press Conference

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BOSTON -- Moments after the FBI revealed images of two baseball cap-wearing men wanted for questioning about the Boston bombings, the press conference descended into a sideshow.

A journalist from a far-right wing website called Info Wars shouted out a question accusing the government of carrying out the attack that killed three, and maimed or injured 170 others.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers ignored the allegation of a government conspiracy from reporter Daniel Bidondi, but the Alex Jones protege did not stop hollering.

"The FBI lies," Bidondi said. "We've got the proof," he said accusing the government of a "false flag" attack in which it staged the blasts and made them appear like the work of terrorists.

Bidondi found himself at the center of an media scrum with cameras and microphones pointed at his face after law enforcement officials left the podium in the Sheraton hotel.

Another reporter ridiculed Bidondi from across the room, telling him to shut up and calling him an asshole.

The excitement quickly dissipated as reporters returned to delivering the news about the official images of the suspects.

Bidondi has been a presence at other press conferences this week related to the bombing investigation.

--Michael McLaughlin / HuffPost Crime

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Bidondi's last name. We regret the error.

04/18/2013 7:00 PM EDT

Is The Suspect's Hat A Clue?

04/18/2013 6:46 PM EDT

Facial Recognition Expert Reacts To FBI Photos

Dr. Ralph Gross, a facial recognition expert at Carnegie Mellon University, said the FBI photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are likely too grainy to be matched against a driver's license database or Facebook. But he thinks they may be just good enough for someone who knows the individuals to identify them.

"The resolution isn't particularly good. The one that's kind of best is unfortunately a side view -- and in general the face recognition software works best with frontal view," he said.

Research has consistently found, however, that people can spot people they know even in grainy, off-center photographs.

"Humans are actually very good at recognizing people that they are familiar with," Gross said. "Somebody that might know these guys, or might know the way they dress, might certainly be able to recognize them."

The FBI said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged tipsters to call 1-800-CALL-FBI if they believe they have information that could lead to an arrest.

--Matt Sledge

04/18/2013 6:21 PM EDT

Daily News Doctored Photo

The New York Daily News reportedly doctored its front page photograph of the Boston bombings (see update below).


04/18/2013 5:37 PM EDT

Hi-Res Image Of People Of Interest


04/18/2013 5:30 PM EDT

FBI Website Down

CNN reports that, because of a flood of traffic, the FBI's site is temporarily down.