UPDATE 8:57 p.m.: Boston police confirmed that three people have died in the bombing, according to reports.
UPDATE 8:52 p.m.: The FBI has taken over the investigation int0 Monday’s bombing.
UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: The Boston Globe is reporting that “just before 8 p.m., a ‘person of interest’ was being questioned at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in connection with the bombing according to an official briefed on the investigation. The individual was hurt in the explosion, the official said.”
UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: According to CNN, at least 132 have been hurt in the Boston bombing, including eight children. At least 17 of the injuries are critical.
UPDATE 6:38 p.m.: NBC News is reporting that one of the victims killed in Monday’s bombing was eight years old.
UPDATE: 6:27 p.m.: House Speaker John Boehner has ordered flags over the United States Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.: Addressing the nation, President Obama said “we still do not know who did this or why,” but “any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
UPDATE 6:00 p.m.: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that a suspect is not in custody.
UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: President Obama will make a statement on the Boston Marathon bombings at 6:10 p.m.
UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: At a press conference, officials confirmed a third explosion at the JFK Library, about five miles away from the finish line, but later said the incident appeared to be fire related, and it still hasn’t been linked to the other bombings.
Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, killing at least two and injuring dozens, according to media outlets.
The blasts occurred around 2:50 p.m. within seconds of each other and about 50 to 100 yards apart.
Two additional explosive devices were found near the site of the marathon, a senior U.S. intelligence official told the AP.
Following the incident, the New York City Police Department said it is “stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD’s critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned.”
From the Boston Police Department:
- Family members looking for information relative to individuals possibly injured during the incident are encouraged to call (617) 635-4500.
- Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously are encouraged to call the Boston Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS (8477) or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463). Individuals who may have been taking pictures or video are asked to share that information.