Quinn Carcanague TIME Main Story
January 8, 2014 Ms. Lambert 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings
The Boston Marathon is one of the nationâ€™s most popular races. Every year people from all over the country come to Boston to participate in the prestigious event. The 2013 Boston Marathon turned out to be completely different from previous years. What happened would go down in history as one of the worst attacks on American land. This is the story of that tragic day. On April 15, 2013 two Chechen brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line at the annual Boston Marathon. These bombs were set to detonate at 2:49 pm with about a ten second interval in between them. The bombs were placed about 210 yards apart. These bombs killed 3 people and injured about 264 people. After all of the chaos, the FBI took up the search for the people responsible for this act of terrorism on our home land. On April 18, the FBI released photos of the two suspects. Jeff Bauman, a victim who lost both legs, was near the placement of one of the bombs; when he was recovering consciousness, he asked for pen and paper and wrote a note to the FBI, "bag, saw the guy, looked right at me". Bauman was later able to provide detailed descriptions to the authorities of a suspect who was seen placing a backpack beside him at the bombing scene two and a half minutes before it exploded, enabling the photo to be identified and circulated quickly. The suspects initially identified by the FBI as unnamed suspects 1 and 2 (or "black hat" and "white hat",) from photographic and video evidence, had "acted differently" after the explosions; they had stayed to watch the aftermath and walked away "casually", rather than fleeing. Asked for assistance in identifying the suspects, the public provided a deluge of photographs and home movie records to police, which were scrutinized by both authorities and online public social networks. Shortly after the FBI released the images of the two Chechen brothers, the suspects allegedly killed an MIT police officer in cold blood, then carjacked an SUV, and initiated an exchange of gunfire with the local police in Watertown, Massachusetts. The two boys were equipped with lots of firepower including grenades and assault rifles. During the firefight, an MBTA police officer was injured but survived with only severe blood loss. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot by police and then run over by his brother Dzhokhar and died. Dzhokhar was injured but he managed to escape. In conclusion, the chaos of the Boston Bombing ended when the younger Chechen brother was located in the city of Watertown, MA. The police and other law enforcement were looking for the younger brother for a long time before a helicopter sighted him in the boat using thermal imaging. After he was sighted, the police stunned him using flash bangs and other devices before storming the boat and apprehending the suspect.