A photo of a bloodied man being wheeled away from the Boston marathon explosions, his lower legs destroyed, became one of the most shocking and widely distributed images from Monday’s attack.
The man in the photo Jeff Bauman, 27, was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line when the bomb went off. It took hours before Jeff’s family found out about his condition, learning about it through the grisly images on TV.
Bauman was standing on the sidelines of the race when he saw a man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket place a rucksack on the ground. Later in hospital, he told his brother of the moment he looked into the eyes of the man who set off the bomb two and a half minutes later. The explosion removed Bauman’s legs from below the knee, killed three people and injured around 170 more.
Speaking to Bloomberg News the victim’s brother said, “He woke up under so much (sic) drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.’”
While still in intensive care, Bauman gave a description to the FBI. His information could have helped police, who faced the task of identifying suspects in hours of CCTV footage from the crowded event. Paul Bresson, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, declined to comment on specific tips as the investigation was still ongoing.
Photos of the suspects were released by the FBI on Thursday showing two men in hooded sweatshirts and dark jackets and both wearing backpacks.
Not long after, a massive police operation started in the US city of Boston, following reports of extensive gunfire, explosions and the death of an MIT security officer. The latest information from Boston police is that a suspect in Monday’s bombing has been shot dead after a pursuit. Another man is still at large.
Some news agencies are reporting the two attackers were brothers from the Chechnya region of Russia, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.