Boston Marathon Explosions: Terror at the Finish Line

from Boston a city reeling tonight in

shock and sadness really we are just a

few blocks away just down there from

what was the finish line of the Boston

Marathon that magnificent sporting event

and in most years on this night these

streets the heart of downtown Boston

would be humming with activity packed

with people celebrating celebrating the

achievement of the runners their loved

ones coming from all over the world to

support them but tonight he streets him

frozen in time at that moment this

afternoon when two bombs went off at

that finish line wounding more than a

hundred and forty killing three at least

including an eight-year-old and tonight

the investigation is in full swing the

FBI is in charge they are pursuing all

leads all of this this grim day a

reminder of our country's constant

vulnerability to sudden and murderous

attack the 117th Boston Marathon one of

the world's great sporting events

more than 23,000 start of the race half

a million spectators along the 26.2 mile


Boston's is one of the world's 6 major

marathons runners from more than 90


the winner crosses the finish line at

1210 then at 2:50 p.m. more than half

the runners were through the first bomb

explodes just a few yards from the

finish line in the chaos listen for the

second explosion just moments later

another angle of the second blast

as people look down the street at the

first terror turning the Boston Marathon

into a kind of war zone more than a

hundred people injured the youngest

victim an eight-year-old boy killed by

one of the blacks

get out of the stands all of a sudden

there was a loud noise an explosion big

puff of smoke and then a few seconds

later further up the road away from the

finish line a second explosion smoke and

then ultimate chaos everybody running

everywhere it's not quite a few

casualties coming back I saw one guy

with his legs gone at the knees some

ankles and feet missing shrapnel wounds

and people on the sides of the head and

other things it's just not good I was I

had crossed the 26 mile marker and I saw

the first explosion happened and there

was some commotion I saw fire and smoke

and I didn't know what it was and then I

saw trash can't explode and people

started throwing down the barricade and

running over each other and I just I ran

in the other direction as fast as I

could very scary tonight more probably

one of the most daring incidences that

I've ever been involved with

very loud it grounds you to if you could

just feel it going down for you and

tonight we're hearing the harrowing

stories of survival from those who were

just feet from the blasts local

hospitals quickly mobilized for a mass

casualty event but that chaos continued

at Tufts Medical Center where eleven

victims were taken a bomb scare forced

the evacuation of the emergency room

patients on stretchers were laid out in

the atrium what kind of injuries are you

seeing here they are almost all lower

extremity injuries from the knee down

and they're very severe blast injuries

with open fractures severe muscle

injuries nerve artery injuries I had a

bad feeling when I saw the smoke and

when I saw after hearing the noise and

then hearing the second one it's the

Boston Marathon it's one of the world's

Marathon that's at the finish line I

suspected it was terrorism

Rebecca Roche had just finished the race

when the bombs went off it was a moment

of what should have been joy and turned

into panic and

just heart-wrenching fear of the worst

she was okay but her mom and a friend

who were there to support her were badly

injured makes me feel quite guilty

guilty yeah it wouldn't have been there

if it wasn't for me Rebecca ran every

step of the 26.2 miles with her mom and

dad in her heart and written on her legs

is there any way to appreciate what you

did accomplished today

yeah good hey it was a dream of mine for


and I finally accomplished it in the

time that I wanted to the bombs went off

just fifty to 100 yards apart with a

number of cameras capturing the blasts

investigators have plenty of evidence to

study frame by frame as they hunt for

who is responsible

the bombs went off about four hours

after the start of the race the average

marathon time for male runners is around

four and a half hours was ideal marathon

weather and it was Patriots day in

Boston but by evening police had

replaced the finish line with yellow

police tape on the map of Boylston

Street you can see just how close less

than a block away from where the runners

finished the course in triumph and so

many of their loved ones waited people

should be calm even two hours later

investigators seem to be trying to make

sense of it we're recommending to people

that they stay home that if they're in

hotels in the area that they return to

their rooms we want to make sure we

completely stabilize the situation at

the White House President Obama was

notified within minutes and while he was

not ready to use the word terrorists he

made this vow we will find out who did

this we'll find out why they did this

any responsible individuals any

responsible groups will feel the full

weight of justice make no mistake we

will get to the bottom of this but

tonight New York Congressman Peter King

is more willing to point fingers

obviously there's nothing definite yet

but it has all the hallmarks earmarks of

a al Qaeda type attack that reminds me

very much of what happened when time

square which is odd in 2010 again it

could end up being someone else but

right now it has all the indicators in

every aspect of being a Qaeda al Qaeda

affiliated attack for Rebecca Roach and

all the runners who ran with full hearts

and their loved ones who cheered them on

it's also incomprehensible so wrong

I just think it's horrendous why I don't

understand I can't find reason in it and

so it was a day of heartbreak here in

Boston and of heroism

Bruce Mendelsohn who is an Army veteran

was right here on the scene and

responded Bruce tell me where you were

you were right at the finish yeah I was

at a post race party it's 667 Boylston

Street on the third floor of a building

the first explosion was sitting on a

couch the first explosion knocked me off

the couch onto the ground

I was with my brother who had just

finished the marathon and I yelled at

him to get all the people back away from

the windows and so you write it down so

he got all the people back away from the

windows towards the back of the building

I ran downstairs to the first floor I

came out onto a sheet of glass shards

there were blood smears on the sidewalk

there were people injured with a lot of

Grievous lower body injuries and then

you do well I tried to render what

medical assistance I could I tried to

help the Boston PD which was on the

scene in force immediately I tried to

help them establish a security cordon so

there wouldn't be any tertiary or other

explosions detonated yeah it sounds like

your instincts took over there your

training well I guess I could think that

you know yeah it states army for that

but I think I did it what anybody else

would do you know wrong wrong place

right time how did it affect you seeing

that as he came out of it this is

terrible I mean this is terrible I'm

upset I mean the normally on a marathon

night this place should be full with

people bars are open people happy and

festive and this beautiful day blew up

in a second and a heartbeat and and to

see what we've seen today it just makes

me so angry I'm angry and you were

responding to people injured by the

blasts what kind of injuries did you see

I saw a lot of lower body injuries

I think we're here yeah it leads me to

believe that the devices were at or near

ground level I was trying to help for

about 15 minutes than the law

enforcement officers invited me to leave

as I should have I mean this is not my

bailiwick it's not my area of expertise

I left picked up my brother and we

walked back across the mass at Bridge

with thousands of other people it looked

very much like 911

and people are calling you a hero - well

they should I mean I did what anything I

did what anybody else should should do

in these circumstances we're a resilient

people and this is what we should do to


Bruce Mendelson thanks very much thank