State and federal police have asked spectators and participants at the Boston Marathon for amateur footage that might offer evidence pointing to the culprit behind Monday’s bombings, according to a CBS News report.
Sources say two bombs, which erupted within seconds of each other, created havoc at the finish line of the venerable marathon this week, killing three people and injuring more than 170.
Photographs of the streets near the scene of the explosion show a sidewalk full of blood and shattered glass. To add to the tragedy, one of the deceased was an 8-year-old boy, whose sister was also seriously injured while waiting for their father to cross the finish line, sources say.
Police, of course, would like to level criminal charges against the responsible party or parties, but no arrests have been made thus far, according to sources.
Nevertheless, Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s chief agent in Boston, promised reporters that he and his colleagues would “go to the ends of the Earth” to apprehend the people responsible for the violent attack.
According to one law enforcement official, the two bombs that exploded near the finish line had been disguised to look like trash. Sources note that one of the bombs may have been concealed inside a garbage can, while one may have been resting on the sidewalk.
Investigators note that no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already labeled a “cruel act of terror.” Hagel also said authorities will “have to determine whether it was planned or carried out by a terror group, foreign or domestic.”
President Obama, mindful of the criminal law distinctions between terrorists and non-terrorists, used more measured language in a press conference, but also promised to use every available federal resource for the investigation.
Regardless of the legal significance of the word “terror,” the bombs could only be described as terrifying. Sources say they were full of sharp objects like ball bearings and nails, designed to inflict the most amount of human damage possible.
According to DesLauriers, investigators have already received “voluminous tips,” and have interviewed one Saudi national with burns on his hands who was found fleeing the scene.
This interview, however, did not lead to the labeling of the man as a suspect, and authorities have renewed their request to the public for any amateur photos or videos of the event, according to local sources.