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Man seen dropping bag is focus of Boston bombing investigation
BOSTON (AP) The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.
The discovery of the image found on surveillance footage from a department store near the finish line was detailed by a city politician two days after the attack that left three people dead, wounded more than 170, and cast a dark shadow over one of this city’s most joyous traditions. The footage hasn’t been made public.
President Barack Obama planned to Oakley Outlet attend an interfaith service honoring the victims Thursday in Boston. There was a heavy police presence around the city’s main Roman Catholic cathedral as residents lined up before dawn, hoping to get one of the roughly 2,000 seats inside.
Streets were blocked off around the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End.
Among the hundreds in line was 18 year old Eli Philips. The college student was a Marathon volunteer and was wearing his volunteer jacket on Thursday morning. but was turned away from the line to get inside that was already stretching down at least two city blocks, so decided just to stay outside.
“I came to pay my respects to the victims,” he said, but was also angry that someone would desecrate the marathon and urged maximum punishment for the perpetrator.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he shared the frustration that the person or people responsible were still at large, but he said solving the case will not “happen by magic.”
“It’s going to happen by doing the careful work that must be done in a thorough investigation,” Patrick said. “That means going through the couple of blocks at the blast scene square inch by square inch and picking up pieces of evidence and following those trails, and that’s going to take some time.”
The bombs were crudely fashioned from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings, investigators and others close to the case said. Investigators suspect the devices were then hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground.
As a result, they were looking for images of someone lugging a dark, heavy bag. Investigators had appealed to the public to provide videos and photographs from the race finish line.
City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said he was briefed by Boston police, said investigators saw the image of the man dropping off a bag and matched the findings with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene.
One department store video “has confirmed that a suspect is seen dropping a bag near the point of the second explosion and heading off,” Murphy said.
Several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord Taylor department store between the sites of the bomb blasts.
At least 14 bombing victims, including three children, remained in critical condition. Dozens of victims have been released from hospitals, and officials at three hospitals that treated some of the most seriously injured said they expected all their remaining patients to survive. A 2 year old boy with a head injury was improving and might go home Thursday, Boston Children’s Hospital said.
On Wednesday, investigators in white jumpsuits fanned out across the streets, rooftops and awnings around the blast site in search of clues. They picked through trash cans, plastic cup sleeves and discarded sports drink dispensers.
Marian Wilson said she tried not to notice the men slowly pacing and looking for evidence on the street behind her as sh Oakley Outlet e ate a tuna sandwich at Stephanie’s on Newbury, a restaurant a block from the site of the bombings.
“I just go in and out of being completely freaked out,” she said.
Boston remained under a heavy security presence, with scores of National Guard troops gathering among armored Humvees in the Boston Common.
Kenya Nadry, a website designer, took her 5 year old nephew to a playground.
“There’s still some sense of fear, but I feel like Boston’s resilient,” she said. “The fine men in blue will take care of a lot of it.”
Dr. Horacio Hojman, associate chief of trauma at Tufts Medical Center, said patients were in surprisingly good spirits when they were brought in.
“Despite what they witnessed, despite what they suffered, despite many of them having life threatening injuries, their spirits were not broken,” he said. “And I Oakley Outlet think that should probably be the message for all of us that this horrible act of terror will not bring us down.”
Obama and his challenger in the last election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, planned to visit Boston on Thursday to attend the vigil.
The blasts killed 8 year old Martin Richard, of Boston, 29 year old Krystle Campbell, of Medford, and Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China.
In an investigation like this, they’re either going to pick up a suspect right away (McVeigh) or it’s going to take a while (Rudolph). Looks like the opportunity for the first scenario has come and gone. I don’t know how much law enforcement was involved in the media disaster yesterday, or whether it was entirely the media’s fault. It’s obvious though that it didn’t help the investigation any. I’m guessing that the media was just being as aggressively irresponsible as you would expect them to be, and law enforcement did just enough to put the Keystone Kops bungling into motion. It looks to me like the investigation is not being handled properly. This mystery suspect is shaping up to be the “John Doe 2″ of the OKC bombing not a good sign. If you think it’s that easy. There are still pictures all over the place and later today, video will be released. I’d guess they waited because of the interfaith service going on and the POTUS bei Oakley Outlet ng there and wanting to get him and his wife out and into the clear before releasing photos or videos that may cause some kind of witch hunt to ensue. Emotions are running hot. And many people carry back backs and use cell phones. That’s why everyone needs to just shut up and wait.