A possible major break in the case
BOSTON Investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday. Separately, a law enforcement official confirmed that authorities have found an image of a potential suspect but dont know his name. The development marked a possible turning point in a case that has investigators analyzing photos and videos frame by frame for clues to who carried out the twin bombings and how they did it.
Over-eager reports of an arrest
NEW YORK The FBI scolded several media outlets Wednesday for mistakenly reporting that an arrest had been made in the bombing case, and warned that such unverified reporting could have unintended consequences for its investigation. CNN and Fox News Channel reported that a suspect in Mondays bombing had been arrested. The Associated Press and The Boston Globe said a suspect had been taken into custody. Within an hour, the FBI denied that a suspect had been captured, leading the three news organizations that had reported the arrest to back down from those claims.
The third fatality: A long way from home
She was a food fan, eager for culinary discoveries. In her last blog update the morning before the Boston Marathon blasts, the Chinese graduate student identified as the attacks third victim posted a photo of bread chunks and fruit. My wonderful breakfast, Boston University statistics student Lu Lingzi wrote. Lingzi, in her early 20s, often shared photos of her home-prepared meals online a blueberry-covered waffle one day, spinach sacchettini with zucchini on another. In September, she showed off her first two-dish meal stir-fried broccoli and scrambled eggs with tomatoes, often cooked by Chinese students learning how to live on their own abroad. Tasso Kaper, the chair of BUs mathematics department, said she had only one course left in order to graduate. She was standing with two friends when the bombs went off. One friend was seriously injured.
Clue found on rooftop
BOSTON A piece of the lid of one of the pressure cookers that investigators believe were used as explosive devices was found high up near the blast, a law enforcement official said Wednesday giving a sense of the tremendous force of the explosion. The bombs were most likely rudimentary devices made from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, filled with nails, ball bearings and black powder, and the devices were triggered by kitchen-type egg timers, one official said. Law enforcement officials said the devices were probably hidden inside dark nylon duffel bags or backpacks and left on the street or sidewalk near the finish line. Forensic experts said that the design and components of the homemade devices were generic but that the marking 6L, indicating a 6-liter container, could help identify a brand and manufacturer and possibly lead to information on the buyer.
The man in the cowboy hat an instant celebrity
BOSTON Just about everyone you can imagine stopped by Carlos Luis Arredondos little brick row house Wednesday to hear what he had to say about the Boston Marathon. Reporters flew in from as far away as Paris, friends and neighbors strolled in, and even two FBI agents made a visit. Arredondo, a peace activist and sometime cabbie and truck driver who was watching the race from the finish line, rushed into the mass of mangled humanity, where a dramatic Associated Press photo caught him pushing a wheelchair with a victim. I was in a state of shock briefly, and then I realized I needed to help, Arredondo said in an interview at his home in southwest Boston. He said he had the skills needed because he is a Red Cross volunteer trained in first aid.
Donations pour in
NEW YORK Within 24 hours of Mondays tragedy, The One Fund, the central charity quickly set up for those affected by the bombings, had received $7.5 million. Much of that came from corporate and major individual donors, but more than 8,500 individuals also contributed to the website, onefundboston.org, city officials said.