Local runners describe explosions at Boston Marathon that killed - WNCT

Local runners describe explosions at Boston Marathon that killed 3, injured dozens

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FBI investigators are still piecing together evidence in the Boston marathon bombings. They still don't know who was behind the deadly blasts that left 3 dead and more than 175 people injured; 17 of those are critical.

The area around the finish line of the Boston Marathon is what investigators call "the most complex crime scene" in the city's history. Investigators continue to collect and process evidence, including bomb fragments, and cell phone videos and photos.

Mourners have been placing flowers at the scene.

Investigators denied reports that several unexploded bombs were found in the area.

3 people were killed and more than 175 others were injured in the two blasts.

Among the fatalities was 8 year old Martin Richard who greeted his father at the finish line. The boy's sister and mother were badly injured.

Investigators say the 12 block area around the finish line will remain a crime scene for at least two more days.

The FBI agent in charge would not confirm reports agents are questioning a Saudi national who was injured in the blast. Police searched his home in the suburb of Revere.

The injured people, several of whom lost limbs in the attack, are being treated in hospitals across the city. Doctors say the bombs were packed with shrapnel.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Investigators are trying to determine if a foreign terrorist organization was involved or possibly a domestic lone wolf attacker.

At least 20 runners from the 9 On Your Side viewing area were in the race.

9 On Your Side has reached out to those people to make sure everyone is okay.

One local runner we know that was in the race is Charlie Justice. Everyone calls him Choo. He works over at ECU and is an assistant track coach at D.H. Conley. He is safe. 

He and his family are still in Boston. They say they were on the subway when the explosion went off.

Dionne Evans, also from Greenville, was in the marathon as well. The first explosion went off shortly after she crossed the finish line. She was close enough during the second explosion to feel it. She says police were telling people to run.

In an evening news conference Monday, President Barack Obama said the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."
    
He added, "We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable."
    
President Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions.
    
The Secret Service reacted cautiously to the blasts, expanding the security perimeter around the White House.

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest and most prestigious race. The run got started with 26 seconds of silence in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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