State officials and federal law enforcement agents on Tuesday held a press conference to update the nation on Monday’s tragic marathon bombings.
“We’re a strong city, a lot of people willing to work together,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino during his brief opening remarks. “Boston will overcome.”
Following initial statements from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Boston law enforcement officials, members of the press sought to clear up questions regarding conflicting reports from yesterday’s events.
Here are the three main things that got cleared up this morning:
1. Suspect in Custody?
Contrary to initial reports, no suspect has been taken into custody, according to Police commissioner Ed Davis.
"No-one's in custody,” he flatly stated.
This doesn't contradict whether authorities have “a person of interest” under guard -- but that's different from having someone in custody.
FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers said there are no known imminent physical threats at this time. He added that agents are interviewing a "variety of witnesses" at multiple locations.
2. Additional Unexploded Devices?
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick assured reporters that all suspicious parcels found yesterday have been examined.
More importantly, and contrary to earlier reports, he added that state and federal law enforcement agents did not find additional unexploded devices. There were only two bombs involved in yesterday’s events.
"Two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday," Patrick said.
3. Injuries & Death Toll
After the explosions, 176 victims came to hospitals around Boston, and 17 of those are in critical condition, said Ed Davis.
There have been three confirmed fatalities.
Surgeons who labored through the night say there have been four separate amputations (on four separate patients) and they are still trying to save two limbs. All victims had lower extremity injuries.
“We just completed what the bomb had done,” said George Velmahos, MD, Division Chief of Trauma at Massachusetts General Hospital, adding that they are working to remove pellets and nail-like, sharp objects – about 20-40 in each victim.
All victims are believed to be American:
Sources add that it’ll be a few days before first patients are likely to be released.
"This is something I've never seen in my 25 years here ... this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war,” said Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital.
There were no challenges with staffing to aid the wounded because hospitals experienced an endless flow of doctors coming in to help. Major surgery victims not able to be interviewed yet.
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