Boston Marathon Bombing: Apartment Searched; Motive, Suspect Unclear
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BOSTON (CBSDC/AP) — FBI agents searched a suburban Boston apartment overnight and appealed to the public for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing, while a doctor treating the wounded said one of the victims was maimed by what looked like ball bearings or BBs.
Two bombs blew up seconds apart Monday at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races, tearing off limbs and leaving the streets spattered with blood and strewn with broken glass. The explosions left three people dead and injured 176 others, 17 of whom are in critical condition.
Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings on one of the city’s biggest civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts raised the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
President Barack Obama was careful not to use the words “terror” or “terrorism” as he spoke at the White House on Monday, but an administration official said the bombings were being treated as an act of terrorism.
“We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this,” the president said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
Security has been greatly increased near the White House where officials have blocked pedestrian traffic in a wide radius. Other Washington landmarks are receiving similar treatment in wake of the explosions.
The bombs blew up seconds apart Monday at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races, killing at least three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounding more than 140 more.
Obama’s vow came just hours before the FBI took charge of the investigation, converging on a home in the suburb of Revere on Monday night and appealing for any video, audio and photos taken by marathon spectators. Authorities gave no details on the search. Investigators were seen leaving a building there early Tuesday carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.
On Facebook, the town’s fire department wrote they were on operational standby as for State Police Bomb Techs searched the residence and were looking for a “person of interest.” Officials from the FBI, ATF, ICE, Boston Police, Revere Police, and State Police were also at the location.
CNN reports the search yielded no evidence to connected to the bombing.