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good morning. it is tuesday, april 16th, 2013. welcome to a special edition of "cbs this morning." terror at the boston marathon. two bombs leave three people dead. more than 140 injured. and a nation in shock. john miller has the latest on the investigation. >> here in boston emotional stories emerging from people whose lives changed in an instant. we'll talk to eyewitnesses and a doctor who is treating victims. amid horrific news are stories of kindness and compassion. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> something just blew up. >> oh my god. my god. >> authorities search for answers after two deadly bombs
blast the boston marathon. >> two explosions 100 yards apart near the finish line. >> three people are confirmed dead including an 8-year-old child. at least 140 others injured. >> i can't say i've ever seen this volume of patients come this quickly. >> injuries range from shrapnel wounds to burst eardrums to amputations. >> this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in baghdad. >> the blast on patriots day. thousands packing the streets on a holiday. >> there's people everywhere. this guy the whole bottom of his leg was gone. >> the scene was horrible. >> overnight the police and fbi search an apartment in the boston suburb of revere. agents have not said what, if anything, they have found. >> we'll turn every rock over to find the people responsible for this. >> major cities like miami, chicago, new york, los angeles,
they are all on heightened states of alert this morning. >> the london marathon will go ahead as planned on sunday. organizers reviewing security surrounding the event. >> all that -- >> moments of silence threw ball parks and arenas throughout the country for those impacted by the boston bombing. >> boston is my home prayer. my thoughts and prayers are with the people of boston and everybody who has been affected by this absolutely senseless act. >> and all that matters. >> there's this touching tribute. the green building at the massachusetts institute of technology in cambridge lit up as the american flag. >> boston is a tough and resilient town. the american people will be with them every single step of the way. captioning funded by cbs welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm charlie rose in new york. norah o'donnell is in boston. norah, good morning.
>> good morning, charlie. it's a tough morning here in boston. here is the front page of "the boston globe" it says marathon terror with a gruesome picture on the cover. i can tell you just walking here this morning, they have not cleaned up the runners route yet because it'sstill an active crime scene. we'll have incredible stories of heroism to show you this morning as well. i want to bring you the latest on the investigation. we do have new information this morning. the fbi has taken over the investigation. there's also one person of interest who is under guard at a local hospital. last night police searched his apartment in a nearby city. they seized several items. we should note that the two bombs went off with no warning yesterday near the finish line where i'm standing of the boston marathon. three people were killed. at least 144 others have been treated for injuries. doctors say at least 17 are in critical condition this morning.
we heard the white house yesterday. they are calling these bombings an act of terror. at this point there has been no claim of responsibility. the bombing scene is being described as something like a war zone. police say the explosives were full of shrapnel. some of the wounded people lost arms and legs. jeff glor is here with their story. jeff, good morning. >> norah, good morning to you. it's difficult to describe what the marathon means to the city and on a morning like this even more difficult to process why someone would do this. it was the final stretch. the first bomb by the crowd near the finish line. the next explosion just seconds later. >> it knocked me to the ground and then, you know, everybody started running. it was some bad looking people. >> reporter: the immediate aftermath was one of shock and
incomprehension. but quickly runners, spectators and first responders were taking down barricades to reach the wounded. >> i ran over there and there's body parts. people have been blown apart. they're dead. >> reporter: wheelchairs were used to race dazed victims to makeshift triage centers for care. >> they're on the way, sir. >> this was a very powerful blast with serious injuries. >> reporter: among the more than 140 people hurt, boston police say there was an 8-year-old boy there to greet his father at the finish line. he did not survive. his sister also reportedly lost her leg and his mother was seriously injured. >> this amount of carnage in the civilian population is something we expect in war. >> reporter: all of it happening during one of the world's most historic marathons, more than 23,000 runners participated this year in what is typically a day of triumph and celebration in boston.
>> this is the real deal. >> reporter: investigators say the first bomb went out at 2:50 p.m. a few hundred feet from the finish line. 12 seconds later the second explosion about 100 yards down the street. down benne dawn bennett was there and began recording video with her phone just after the first blast. >> everyone immediately started running the other way. someone asked is that blood on the road and it was. you know, it hits you really hard. >> reporter: limited details have emerged about how the bombs were detonated or by whom. police said a search warrant related to the investigation was issued for antaking the lead in this investigation and we're working to gather all of the facts and bring those who are responsible for this crime to justice as swiftly as possible. >> reporter: at a press conference monday night, president obama promised support for the city of boston and answers. >> we will get to the bottom of this and we'll find out who did
this. we'll find out why they did this. >> president obama was careful not to call it a terrorist attack but we're told the white house is treating this as an act of terror this morning. >> jeff, thank you. charlie? >> senior correspondent john miller, former fbi assistant director is here. he's been talking with his sources inside the investigation. john, good morning. what's the latest? >> the latest focus is on that apartment in revere on the suspect who was in the hospital that they've been interviewing. i shouldn't say suspect. they're not calling him a suspect. the person they are interested in that they've been interviewing since the bombing and what they've taken out of there. >> there is also a question of a saudi who was in the hospital. is that the same person or a separate person? >> so all of that is the same. the saudi national is someone who is here on a student visa. he was at the scene along with many other people when the blast happened. as everybody is kind of standing in shock, three boston pd detectives see this guy moving
quickly out of the crowd and as they're watching him, he seems to be moving very deliberately away which can be a natural thing after a bombing. they stop him because he's covered with blood anden think may be injured. turns out that is mostly from other people. he does have burns on his hands. they engage him and start asking questions. there are things about his responses that made them uncomfortable. they arranged to get him to the hospital. they stayed with him. the fbi has come along. they are talking to him. he's somebody that they are really interested in. >> take me inside the investigation. there are devices that were used. evidence perhaps that they are cell phones. there are surveillance cameras. there are conversations that might have taken place over the cell phone moments before the explosion. >> what you have is all of those things. you have close circuit television cameras. they are literally doing a grid on every approach to that location where the bombs went off in both of those locations
to see what cameras exist here. where is a camera in an atm and security camera on the side of a building and downloading every piece of tape from everything recorded and can we find anyone that we're interested in. can we find someone walking with two backpacks or two packages and all that is going on and then there's the devices themselves both of which detonated. they'll pick up every scrap, every fragment and do chemical analysis. what the earliest analysis says is not very sophisticated bombs. something made with smokeless blackpowder. a low order explosive but enough to do a job in a big ground. >> no signature in terms of what they have seen so far. >> too early to say. where you find the bomber's signature is how he twists the wire and what he uses as a fuse and they don't have all of those pieces together yet. >> representative peter king from long island says it has the
hallmarks of an al qaeda attack. >> i think when you look at that, you have to go to your inspire magazine, al qaeda's online publication where they have instructions for these bombs. you see these simple bombs. it certainly does that. to be on balance, you also will see that these are not sophisticated devices. we've seen the same kind of devices in domestic terror. >> no clear evidence that anyone subjected this was going to happen and secondly no one has taken credit for it at this time. norah? >> that's right, john miller. thank you. and charlie. as you heard, eyewitnesses say it was a horrific scene at the marathon finish line. medical tents set up at the end of the race were turned into emergency rooms. don, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. victims were brought to seven boston area hospitals including mass general that took in 29 of
them, eight of whom here are listed in critical condition for a total of 17 around the area. as word of the bombings came out, the hospitals quickly sprang into action. they evacuated their emergency rooms preparing for mass casualties because in a post- 9/11 world, hospitals have been training for the worst and yesterday they saw it. the very moment the bombs went off, hundreds of police and emergency medical technicians and even doctors and nurses who were spectators immediately began treating the gravely injured. >> this is like a bomb explosion we hear in the news in baghdad or israel or some other tragic points in the world. >> reporter: aid stations in place for the race were transformed into triage centers. the injured were stabilized before being transported. doctors say that's what saved many lives. >> some were profound. one woman lost her leg. children were involved as well. we took care of the ones that we
could. >> reporter: dr. adrienne was volunteering with her students. >> we saw awful injuries that we weren't prepared for at a marathon. you're looking for certain kind of injuries. you're not expecting to see a bomb explode. >> reporter: by the time ambulances began arriving at emergency rooms, hospital staff members were ready. >> the injuries individually are not completely outside of the pale. i have never seen this volume come this quickly. >> patients have everything from minor eardrum type blasts all of the way through to really serious limb injuries and some serious head injuries as well. >> reporter: we know of at least six children who were injured ranging in ages from teens to a toddler. last night a 2-year-old boy underwent surgery for a grievous head injury. norah? >> that is tough to hear. thank you. dr. richard wolfe is chief of emergency medicine here in
boston. good morning, doctor. >> good morning. >> how are some of the victims doing this morning? >> well, everyone is alive which is a very good thing. we at this point have two in critical condition or rather four, two very critical, the rest serious. there are good hopes that everyone will pull through. >> you had 21 people? >> 24 total actually. seven we released and 17 needed to be admitted to the hospital. >> what you seeing from some of the injuries? there has been discussion about shrapnel and whether there were ball bearings or nails in the bombs. any of that that you have seen? >> it's been primarily shrapnel injury and mainly to the lower extremi extremities. devastating injuries to limbs. we have two amputations and a number of very serious wounds that require aggressive care. >> what is the road to recovery look like? >> the road to recovery for the people with those wound injuries
should be quite good at this point. it may take time for the healing to occur but we're very hopeful that people will do well. >> i have heard incredible stories about people at all of the seven hospitals, people with days off came in, medical personnel to help. did you ever think you would see something like this in your hometown? >> no. i don't think we expected this in boston frankly. we have seen other disasters elsewhere and i have to say the combination of the way people responded spontaneously and came within 15 minutes we were able to multiply the size of our staff five-fold and the way everyone interfaced and functioned as a team and the training that's been ongoing since september 11th really did play off in a way that was remarkable. it's been the smoothest handling of mass casualty that i've ever seen in my career. >> what do you need? do you need anything? >> right now we need for nothing else to happen i think. i think at this point we've been able to integrate the patients
quickly into the system. the health care system is functioning and back at normal and things are working very, very well. >> our best to you and your whole team. thank you so much. we appreciate it. dr. richard wolfe. our cbs station here in boston, wbz, was broadcasting the marathon and here's how things unfolded just right after the first explosion. >> oh my god. they're dead. >> you just heard wbz on the scene just 30 feet away. good morning to you. you were so close. describe what you saw. >> so we were at the finish line because we cover the race.
the marathon is a jewel in the city. we were standing at the finish line. it was myself and a photographer and a producer. we literally at the finish line you could see how excited people were. we were looking across the finish line and the bomb went off and the nature of this thing, you felt like a big huge firework went off next to you. an accident or something. the second blast went off and immediately everyone knew what was going on. most people were jumping in the street and running to get away. brian, the photographer i was working with, a big fella, he's 6'5" and he started grabbing barricades to tear it down to get to victims. i'm standing behind him and you look over the fence at the barricades and people on the ground, 15, maybe 20 bodies on the ground and nobody was screaming. nobody was saying anything. you could see shell shock in their eyes like they were stunned and you looked down at their injuries. limbs torn off. one thing that stood in my mind with everyone on the ground there was a little boy maybe 6
or 7 sitting upright with blood on his face but no major damage to him and his father was at his feet lying down trying to get up and his leg had been blown off. in that moment it's not that you freeze -- >> the child was watching his father -- >> they were just froze. everyone had that far away stare like they were in shock. you sit there watching the scene trying to get the gate open. within seconds you had ems, you had police, you had volunteers jumping in to help to do what they could. >> jonathan, thank you for bringing us that account. we appreciate it. charlie? >> extraordinary stories. there is tighter security at landmarks in washington and other cities. as you heard, president obama says whoever is responsible will be caught. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. overnight president obama was briefed by his top white house terrorism official on the criminal official and ongoing federal response. later today the president will meet again with fbi director
robert mueller. white house officials tell us it's quite likely mr. obama will address the boston bombings later today although i must emphasize there's nothing official on the president's schedule. at the white house yesterday, mr. obama told the nation he would update them on any significant breaks in this case. >> you should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. we're still in the investigation stage at this point. i just want to reiterate we'll find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable. >> reporter: and just a couple of hours the president will receive the presidential daily briefing. that is the global summary of all intelligence about threats to this country and the president will no doubt want to know, charlie, what was learned overnight and what threats, if any, might be linked back to the boston bombings. >> major, the president did not call an act of terrorism. many people are. is there reason for the white house holding back or the president specifically holding
back? >> reporter: those closest to the president tell us that the president did not want to invoke that word to get ahead of the facts or the evidence in the case. they have made it clear to us after the president's remarks that there's no doubt in the president's mind that this was an act of terror. two bombs going off with some kind of synchronized menace behind them and told everyone, the president, in the federal government to treat this as a terrorism investigation. build it gradually
a 78-year-old man was about to finish the boston marathon. >> i had a good day and i was feeling really good. >> then the first of two explosions knocked him off his feet. it didn't keep him down. we'll hear bill iffrig's story this morning. officials say no one expected this attack so how can cities protect the public from unexpected danger?
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm charlie rose. norah o'donnell is in boston covering the aftermath of yesterday's bombing. coming up in this half hour, we'll ask former new york city mayor rudy giuliani how to prevent these attacks and how to respond when they happen and the people of boston responded by opening their homes and hearts to the victims. we'll show you some of these acts of kindness this morning. right now we go back to norah o'donnell in boston. >> that's right, charlie. there are many incredible acts of kindness that happened in the aftermath and just even talking to many of the people as we were setting up this morning, you see some of the people who ran the marathon yesterday coming out to see what's going on. a lot to tell you about this morning. also, we should update you that authorities are looking for suspects and a motive in yesterday's double bombing. a person of interest is under guard at a local hospital and
last night police searched his apartment in nearby revere. the two bombs exploded within seconds of each other near the boston marathon finish line near where we are standing this morning. at least three people were killed including an 8-year-old boy. more than 140 were wounded. thousands of people here were affected by monday's bombing. this morning's "boston globe" highlights some of the victims. this is a story that really touched me this morning. liz norton is a mother of five and two of her sons had gone to watch a friend run the marathon. both of her sons were badly injured in the bombing. each of the brothers, ages 31 and 33, lost a leg from this knee down. just this year they lost their jobs as roofers and now they have been severely injured. norton says her sons apparently were standing next to that
8-year-old boy, charlie, who died in the blast. >> incredible stories of desperate thing that happened to people standing by. norah, thank you. investigators are looking through the clues to find who is responsible for the deadly bombing. it's likely to be a very tough job. bob orr is in washington. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. the fbi is leading a worldwide investigation checking all intelligence leads and possible informants trying to find out who planted the bombs in boston. as we've been saying, they've been questioning one man who was said to be acting suspiciously at the scene but no one has yet been identified as a suspect. boston officials said monday's twin bombing attack came with no warning. >> we talk about the threat picture all the time as we lead up to this particular event and we have no information that this was going to happen. >> reporter: as federal and local investigators try to determine who was behind the attack, the lack of any credible threat might be an important
clue. >> it's the most difficult work in america. >> reporter: former homeland security secretary tom ridge says the absence of intelligence might suggest the attacker is not affiliated with a larger terrorist group. >> it may lead to the fact that this was not connected to a major jihadist organization. this might very well have been a domestic terrorist. >> reporter: a lone wolf like eric rudolph responsible for bombings in the mid '90s including the explosion in atlanta's olympic park. officials will look at when monday's attack occurred. this week has been a hot button for domestic extremists. those who analyze previous attacks say the key is to cast a wide net for potential culprits. >> i don't think we can assume that we know who has perpetrated these attacks before we do the
investigation. what we have learned is various groups, domestic, international, learn to adapt but they have a common goal in mind which is to kill lots of people and top get lots of attention. >> reporter: the reality, says ridge, it's impossible to guarantee security at every public event. >> they probably had undercover police. they probably had observers on the roof. i suspect they had cameras. they had people roaming the area. again, open public venue 500,000 people, you can't create a fail safe environment. >> reporter: investigators have swept up a large amount of potential evidence including small bomb fragments and surveillance pictures and tape but we have to say it's too early to know if this attack was a work of a terror group, domestic or foreign, or the act of a lone wolf who was inspired to act out. charlie? >> bob orr, thanks. cities around the country increased security.
with us now is rudy giuliani, mayor of new york city during the 9/11 attacks who consults with other cities on handling terror attacks and also john miller, nypd commissioner during mr. giuliani's tenure. this turns the clock back to 2001. whatever the thinking was on september 12th is now the thinking today. >> it really reminds us, right, of what we knew on september 11th and september 12th that the big news here is this is a horrible attack, terrible attack, my heart goes out to the people that were hurt but surprising there haven't been more of these since september 11th. we expected many attacks like this. the really remarkable story is so many has been prevented. what we have been doing hasn't worked 100% but it's worked well so we learn from this to prevent something like this in future as well. >> what do you think boston officials are doing this
morning? >> they are trying to catch the guy who did it. i was in london when the attack in london took place a half block away from liverpool station when the bomb went off. they caught those guys by the next day because london is virtually a hollywood studio. cameras all over the place. i went to the headquarters late that night and they already picked the guys out. they had them in freeze frames. they had guys they thought did it. >> charlie, what i would ask mayor giuliani. you look at something like this. the boston marathon. they have done it for years. they sweep the finish line with bomb dogs. you have a crowd that goes for 26 miles. as a mayor when you look at this, how do you go ahead with the next new york marathon? >> good question. we faced new year's eve first year i was in office together and that was after the first attack on the world trade
center. every new year's eve we expected a terrorist attack. i had a big decision to make in 2001 whether to have the marathon or not. we policeded it with 3,000 or 4,000 police officers. they were there three or four days before checking out every possible manhole cover but then even with that, who knows what can happen. you do the best you can. you can't stop life as we know it otherwise these people win. and then they immobilize us and we're letting them do it to us. >> people doing lots of post-mort post-mortems. why were there so many trash cans around? >> probably because they wanted to make sure that things were deposited and didn't want a lot of litter. the more trash cans, the more you have to search. we will learn something from this but we shouldn't blame people. in advance it's hard to think of everything. there will be some mistakes they made.
now in the future those mistakes won't get mad. >> thank you. norah? >> you know, charlie, when yesterday's first bomb went off, video captured one marathon runner. the guy knocked to the pavement who had on the orange there. his name is bill iffrig. he's 78 years old. terrell brown is here with that story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. bill iffrig was about to finish his third run in the boston marathon when the first explosion went off and literally knocked him off his feet. as the first bomb exploded near the finish line, one runner is seen falling to the ground. legs buckled by the blast. the runner is 78-year-old bill iffrig. >> shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around. i knew i was going down.
>> reporter: a veteran of 45 marathons. iffrig traveled from his home in washington state to run the boston marathon for a third time. >> i was just approaching the last straightaway to the finish line. i had a good day. i was feeling really good. >> reporter: fewer than 20 feet from the finish line when the explosion forced him down. iffrig says his injuries were minor. >> didn't feel any severe pain. as i rolled over i seen a scratch on my leg. nothing too bad. i laid there just momentarily. >> iffrig was surrounded by first responders and helped up by marathon officials as wounded were taken away from the scene, iffrig walked a half mile to meet his wife at their hotel right after he crossed the finish line. he did finish the boston
marathon and then had a half mile walk to the hotel room to meet his wife. >> what an incredible story. thank you. when bombs exploded here in boston, people started helping each other. this story is about terror but also about the many acts of kindness. we'll have that ahead on "cbs this morning." yeah, kfc!
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♪ here in boston, chaos broke out immediately after the marathon bomb blasts. in the middle of all of the fear and panic, people stepped up to help one another and there are countless stories of acts of kindness by strangers. elaine quijano is also here in boston and has that story. elaine, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah.
those acts of kindness ranged anywhere from simply offering someone a beverage to dehydrated marathon runners reportedly ripping out their ivs in order to make room for bomb victims. those acts on a day when this town needed them most. within seconds after the explosion, marathon runners and bystanders joined forces with emergency responders all headed in one direction. towards the chaos. ripping past barricades to help victims who had suffered horrible injuries. >> they responded within 15 seconds. you saw everybody coming down here. >> a team. we really tried to work together to take care of the people coming in. that's what we did. >> reporter: a peace activist seen rushing to the scene and helped wheel a victim with a gruesome leg injury to an
ambulance nearby. >> let's go, people. >> reporter: there weren't just people at the scene wanting to help. online by monday evening a google registry for stranded victims seeking shelter had over 8,000 offerings. corporations also chipped in. several airlines waived fees for blight changes and they expanded local wi-fi and network capacities to meet the heightened demand. joe andruzzi pictured here carrying a woman to safety after the explosion issued a statement praising efforts across the board saying the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives. they were the true heroes. a reaction echoed by boston district attorney dan conley last night. >> that's what americans do in times of crisis. we come together and we help one
another. moments like this terrible as they are don't show our weakness. they show our strength. >> reporter: red cross officials have set up a service on their website to help keep track of people who made it out okay. they are not asking for blood. they say they have enough on their shelves. another testament to the kindness of others. norah? >> elaine quijano. charlie, it's important to tell these stories about just how many people here reached out to help other fellows. people that didn't run away but ran towards the victims to help them. >> i also understand that they cleared the crime scene reasonably quick which enables them to
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good morning to you. it's 8:00. welcome back to "cbs this morning." police searched the home of a person in interest in the boston marathon bombing. investigators are looking for answers and a motive and other cities are on alert this morning. nypd commissioner ray kelly will tell us how this city is responding. first, here's a look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. >> we'll find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. >> two bombs went out with no warning yesterday near the finish line of the boston marathon. >> the fbi is leading a worldwide investigation but no one has yet been identified as a suspect. >> they are literally doing a grid on every approach to that location where the bombs went out. >> the victims were brought to seven boston area hospitals. >> patients have everything from minor eardrum type blasts all of
the with a i to serious limb injuries. >> the nature of this thing literally you felt like a big firework had gone off next to you. >> the shock just hit my whole body and my legs were jittering around. >> were there so many trash cans around? >> we'll learn something from this but we shouldn't blame people because in advance it's hard to think of everything. >> we saw civilians running to help the victims right alongside members of the boston police department and boston ems. that's what americans do in times of crisis. we come together and we help one another. i'm charlie rose with gayle king in new york. norah o'donnell is in boston. we have the newest information on the bombing at the boston marathon. authorities say no credible group or person has claimed responsibility for the attack but a person of interest is
under guard at a local hospital. last night police searched his apartment and removed evidence. >> the two explosions killed at least three people including an 8-year-old boy. at least 144 were wounded including 17 in critical condition at this hour. some of the victims lost arms or legs in the blast. boston police say they had no warnings before the attack. let's go back to norah in boston. norah, good morning to you. >> good morning, gayle and charlie. one eyewitness to this whole thing said that the aftermath reminded him of baghdad in iraq and of course this all happened in the center of boston's back bay where we are this morning. it's a neighborhood full of offices, stores, lots of upscale homes. thousands of people were in the area as the bombs went off and this morning we are now just three blocks east of the marathon finish line. joining us is jeff glor who begins our coverage this morning. we know the fbi is now in charge of this investigation. that's where it all happened right behind us. >> just three blocks away. this is typically an area that
many runners would end up funneling through right here after they finish the race then up through the public garden and boston yard. that's the route i took. a lot of runners didn't get a chance to do that. regarding the search of this apartment in revere, investigators were seen leaving that apartment last night with some paper bags, some plastic bags and a duffel bag but police have not said anything more about that as they work on that search. here in the city, it is not business as usual but more streets are reopening this morning. we have seen more people gather behind us to try to get a look at boylston street and where this happened. the game between celtics and pacers last night, nba game cass canceled in boston. the league says that will not be rescheduled. >> i'm struck by some of the stories that we're learning about this morning. the 8-year-old boy who was killed in this attack. his mother and his sister reportedly injured. >> your heart sinks. it's father had just finished
the race. the boy went to congratulate his father. went back to see the mother and that's when the blast went off. >> incredibly sad. also apparently standing next to that 8-year-old boy, two brothers. their story is on the front page of "the boston globe" this morning. their mother, a mother of five, two of her boys have lost legs as a result of this tragedy. >> both sides of boylston are jammed from the grandstand on down. there's no city like it in the world to watch a marathon because so many people come out and they are so supportive of the commitment people make to run these marathons and the fact that people of any age but in this particular case so young were hurt is very difficult to process. >> we'll talk a little later this hour with a reporter standing in between where the two bombs went off. that's later in our show. thank you very much. charlie and gayle? >> thank you. after the bombs exploded in boston, new york city went on
high alert. new york police commissioner ray kelly says new york is already a target so the city has to be ready. commissioner kelly is here along with senior correspondent john miller, former nypd deputy commissioner. welcome to both. john, what's the latest that we know in this ongoing story and investigation? >> in boston, you have that search conducted last night. that's related to the individual who is in the hospital. this was someone who was obviously according to police very close to the blast when it happened. he was seen walking away. he had burns to his hand. he was stopped by three detectives. he is not a suspect at this time but he's certainly someone they are look at because of what was described as suspicious behavior at the scene and basically you're going to see that they're going to go through his entire life in terms of the investigation. where was he? what does his phone say? who are his associates? search of the apartment. seizing of the car looking for trace evidence. that's a start. right now the only thing that
they have to pointing at him is where he was at the time and his behavior as it was described by the detectives. >> commissioner kelly, in the aftermath of this, what are your concerns for new york? >> obviously we're concerned about similar type event. we've had 16 plots against the city since september 11th, 2001. in the last six months we've had five individuals either arrested or convicted for plotting against new york city. we believe that the threat has remained constant since 9/11. >> but you have said to scott pelley last night, we're in the crosshairs of terrorists and you said that you have to maintain a 360-degree perimeter. how difficult is that? >> very difficult because we're an open city. we're an open society. in this country we have 10 million people a day that come into new york on a business day. obviously it's very, very challenging.
we need intelligence. we need cooperation. we have it now as never before among federal, local and state agencies but we can't get our guard down. that's our operating premise in new york city. >> you look at similarities between what we saw yesterday and what we saw in atlanta with the olympic park bombing and the idea that we had a new york city marathon that was canceled this year and you have to look at the way you police that event and say could this have been us? >> yeah. there are no guarantees. it could be us. no question about it. we invest certainly more than any city i'm aware of in our counterterrorism efforts. there are no guarantees. it's 26 miles long. this could have happened anywhere along the 26 miles. >> i want to go back to your point about the person of interest is what they call him. how often does a person of interest then become a suspect? >> sometimes they're a person of
interest for a good reason and they develop into a suspect. we have to caution. we throw the suspect word around in the heat of battle here. persons of interest whether it was richard jewel in the olympic park bombing or steven hatfield in the anthrax case, sometimes they turn out to have nothing to do with it and part of the process in this investigation is putting this intensive effort to go one way or the other. can we lock this person down as someone that we have an interest in for a really good reason or can we eliminate them and move on to other aspects of the investigation. >> is it telling to either of you that no one has claimed responsibility for this act at this time? this act of terror? >> i think no credible group has claimed responsibility. probably by this time there's a lot of strange things on the internet. i think as it's been said, no group that we think has any credibility. >> the pakistani taliban said they didn't have anything to do with it. one thing going here is good investigation and cooperation
between the fbi and boston police. >> you've got the special agent in charge up in boston and has been there for a few years and you've got ed davis who is the police commissioner of boston. these guys are joined at the hip. they have a seamless relationship. their people work together every day not just in crisis and that's going to help. >> thank you, john. thank you, commissioner kelly. >> we thank you. norah in boston. >> david abel joins us this morning. good morning. how are you doing? >> i'm okay. it's been a long awful 24 hours. i'm hanging in there. >> still in a state of shock? >> you know, it's really challenging to process what i witnessed and there's just a lot of really awful things. i'm hanging in there. >> what did you witness? >> i was on the finish line taking video of runners as they were coming in when suddenly i
felt the ground shake. i heard a massive boom and i saw a large plume of smoke. >> we're watching video that you shot right now. >> it took a little while to figure out what was happening and as soon as we heard the second blast it was clear what had happened. >> did you know that immediately after the second blast that it was an act of terror? >> absolutely. it's similar to when the second plane hit the world trade center. at first it could have been a fluke. we thought maybe it was machinery malfunctioning. a gas explosion. as soon as we heard the second blast it was quite clear what happened. >> how severe were some of the injuries that you saw? >> it was definitely the worst thing i've seen in my life and i've covered some pretty gruesome things over the years. it was a loot of mangled limbs and a lot of blood and a lot of shattered glass and broken people. >> all right. david, thank you for joining us
this morning. thank you for sharing your video with us. we wish you the best. thank you. thank you very much. david abel the final mile of this year's boston marathon was dedicated to the newtown, connecticut, shooting victims and now both communities are shared in sorrow. we'll hear from some of the people of newtown ahead on "cbs this morning."
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the boston marathon is more than a century old. it's always been one of america's premiere road races. richard schlesinger takes a look at this great event that is now changed forever. >> reporter: people use the term iconic to describe the boston marathon and for good reason. it's the most widely viewed sporting event in new england. about 500,000 spectators turn out to watch the race along its route. it is the ideal stage to showcase what men and women are capable of. this is what the boston marathon should be known for. what runners and spectators want
to remember. since the start in 1897, plenty of history has been made here. >> here they come. 184 of them. >> reporter: history to be proud of mostly. >> and now the finish. >> reporter: just two years ago on an april day in 2011, geoffrey mutai made the 26.2 miles in just 2:03:02. it could have been the fastest marathon ever run. there are no records from the ancient times when the first marathon was run. in the 2002 race, margaret okayo receipt a woman's record. 2:20:43 seconds. there's been extraordinary efforts in the past to make a statement in this race. in 1967, kathrine switzer became the first woman to run with a race number despite one race
official's effort to stop her. in 1980, rosie finished first among women but cheated by entering the racecourse near the finish line. that was a scandal and not a tragedy. today instead of focusing on the winners, the front runners, and those who win merely by competing, this is the focus. and the mind goes back to other iconic images of a troubled time in america, other innocent settings overwhelmed by evil. now the history of this iconic race will be stained with this. records will stand, personal stories will endure but the history of the race will have to be punctuated by two sharp blasts and the bloody aftermath
because of what happened in this race on this spot on this day. for "cbs this morning," richard schlesinger, new york. >> so there it is. the greatness of the marathon number one and what it means to boston and we think today of the people who have been hurt and damaged and killed. at the same time as the investigation goes on, it's important to remember that a resilient city has to come back. a resilient city has to show its strength. >> and they will come back. i saw an interview with a runner who said a moment of joy turned into panic and heart wrenching fear but she said we're resilient and will get through this. that is true. we'll have reporters firsthand accounts from the scene of the bombings ahead on "cbs this morning." your local news is coming up next. ttpcwwww
♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." we're continuing our coverage of the bombings in boston. we also want to bring you some other news. a powerful earthquake struck southern iran this morning. it's the biggest quake in the region for 40 years. iranian state television reports at least 40 people were killed. the u.s. geological survey says the quake was a magnitude 7.8. it was centered near the border with pakistan. tremors were felt across the persian gulf region. the quake also shook tall buildings in new delhi, india. right now time to show you this morning's headlines from around the globe. a u.s. helicopter crashed near the korean border this morning. it was on a training mission. it made a hard landing in south korea near the demilitarized zone. 21 service members were on board.
six were hospitalized. britain's guardian says china accuses the u.s. of increasing tensions with its alliance in military presence. reports from china's defense ministry says the strategy is changing the region in favor of japan, philippines and vietnam. "the washington post" looks at a sweeping immigration deal reached by a group of democratic and republican senators. the bill offers millions of illegal immigrants a chance to be citizens. it also creates tens of thousands of new visas for foreign workers in low skilled jobs. "the los angeles times" says the gun control bill face as tougher road in the senate. the proposal from senators joe manchin and pat toomey would extend background checks for gun sales. officials say it does not yet have the votes to be added to a larger piece of gun legislation. a vote on the amendment is not expected until at least tomorrow. the"wall street journal" says gold prices have hit a two-year low. it was the largest one-day loss
in 30 years. >> "the new york times" reports on the pulitzer prizes. newspaper won four yesterday. the others include an independent nonprofit organization called inside climate news. it won the price for national reporting for its coverage of the danger from oil pipelines. now, let's go back to norah in boston. norah? >> thank you, gayle. the two bombs at the boston marathon exploded seconds apart at what was supposed to be a place of joy. the finish line. jonathan was covering the race. >> it was horrible. >> you were filming there. what was your first thought? >> we were standing on the finish line wrapping things up for the day high fiving runners coming across and they were so excited. the first blast went off and it was just across the street from us right in our line of view. we froze for a second thinking what was that? when the second blast within a matter of seconds went off, we
knew it was a bomb. we ran to help. it was crazy. at that point things were just chaotic. >> reporter: it's one of the world massachusetts most famous iconic events. 23,000 runners from around the world came to run in the 117th boston marathon. it was a picture perfect day. when we started our crew bright and early in the morning. a very fast race. by noon kenya's rita jeptoo became the first one to cross the finish line. >> i finished well. >> reporter: you finished in thir first. less than three hours later, everything changed. our news crew was standing on the finish line when the sound of a deafening explosion rocked the square. we saw it and we froze until a second explosion confirmed our worst suspicions. >> they're dead. >> reporter: we ran to the site
of the first explosion. a bomb we know tore through a crowd of spectators standing behind metal barriers. we saw 15 to 20 bodies scatter across the sidewalk. utter shock in the eyes of the survivor. within a matter of minutes police and civilians were tearing down the barriers separating the spectators from the course and medics and volunteers ran in with wheelchairs to load up the most severely woundeded ed ed and br to the runners aid station. further back there was another scene unfolding. >> it was like a gunshot. >> reporter: one of confusion as police were stopping runners from finishing the course and cell phone signals were blocked. turning downtown boston into the biggest crime scene this city has ever seen right in front of our eyes. >> we're back now with jonathan elias and also steve silva, "boston globe" sports reporter.
you were there filming as well. how are you doing this morning? >> i'm doing okay. it's starting to sink in more today sure. >> what was it like for you there on the finish line? >> you know, going through typical boston marathon that i follow. uneventful. temperatures were normal. runners were coming across at the four-hour mark. dealing with charity runners usually running for someone that they lost or maybe they have an impairment. i'm just shooting scenes of raw emotion at the finish line at 2:50 p.m. boom went the explosion and for a split second i thought is this a canyon celebrating someone famous coming across for a split second but then as we started approaching 12 seconds later was the second explosion and everything flipped. we're in something terrible here. >> everyone thought it was maybe a gas explosion or manhole cover. it was on the sidewalk. you saw the white cloud of smoke. everyone froze for a second and then the second bomb and that's when a lot of people started
running down boylston to get away. 9,000 runners still on the course. the race is over. go away. they had run 20 miles. what's going on? >> as journalists have you looked at your footage to see if you saw anything that happened beforehand? we know law enforcement wants to look at that to see if there was anybody suspicious. there were lots of cameras there. >> i haven't been able to do that. i have to get back after this and they want to see the camera card. i have footage from before and after. more footage that i haven't looked at yet. we'll go through that. i wasn't running up the sidewalk. as an investigative reporter i would have run up to the second explosion with the camera to see if there was anyone in that shot walking or running. >> i was taking still pictures at the time. i told the photographer to turn around and smile. we were having a great time. i was staking stills. when it happened, we were taking stills but it was aftermath. the race is what we cover. we had cameras all over the
place. a lot of footage you see on the air hopefully they glean something from that. >> thank you both for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. also in a tragic coincidence, this year's marathon was honoring the victims of the newtown school massacre. there was a special marker at mile number 26 just a few hundred yards from the site of the bombings. terrell brown spoke to some of the competitors who came from newtown to be in this race. >> in remembrance of the 20 students and 6 staff members who lost their lives, we ask at this time -- >> in stark contrast to the way it ended, the boston marathon began in silence. 26 seconds of quiet to remember each of the 26 victims of the sandy hook elementary shooting. runners from newtown, connecticut, wore t-shirts dedicating each mile of the marathon to a different victim and marked the final mile in their honor. >> we're newtown strong. we're here to run 26 miles for
our 26 lives lost. >> reporte when we hit boylston street and we run that 385 yards toward the finish, we're going to sprint like we ran that day to get to our children. >> reporter: instead those last yards proved deadly taking the life of a young child. fortunately there was a reassuring message on the organization facebook page. our newtown team and family are okay. ed and valerie lucas were running on that team and they told "usa today" that they are still in shock and echoing what so many people thought after the newtown tragedy. ed said he can't believe that anyone could do anything like this. norah? >> thank you. the boston marathon has a long and proud tradition that has
♪ we've been talking all morning with people who saw the bombings at the boston marathon. cbs news producer kylie atwood was close to the finish line cheering for her best friend and was actually between the two bombs. good morning. so describe where you were. >> i was on boylston on the north side of the street, which meant that i was right across from the bleachers that were packed with people. luckily the explosion didn't go off on that side of the street. i was probably 100 feet from where the first explosion went
off. >> had the bomb gone off on the other side of the street, you think there would have been more devastating injuries. there were far more people. >> i can only assume. you never know in this situation. there were plenty of more people on that side and when people started running they were running in that direction. and the horrifying thing is not only were people scared, they didn't know where to go. especially when the second one went off. there was only about 20 seconds in between the two explosions and people were just screaming. i saw blood everywhere. i saw children being grabbed by their parents. the image that sticks in my mind is a police officer who grabbed a child and was just running. that police officer had no idea where he was going. no one knew. that was the most frightening thing. >> what about you? what did you do? >> what i did -- the first one went off and i started crying. i tripped over people. it was utter mayhem.
no one knew what to do. then i pulled out my phone and just started taking pictures. i tried to get away from the scene and then quickly realized that i needed to get back there and call cbs and let them know what was going on. that's what i did. i tried to get as close as i could. the police were phenomenal. they really took action quickly and were able to tell us get away from here and as much as i wanted to be in there learning about what was going on, they were really the ones in charge. >> and how did you finally get to your family and tell them that they were okay. your family knew you were here to cheer your best friend on. >> my dad was at his office in boston and said i'm coming to get you. no, you're not. i'm fine. i'm going to try to tell everyone what i'm seeing because no one knew what was going on and i wanted to be able to tell that story. the scary thing too was that everyone was losing service on their phones. and so you couldn't get in touch
with people. my best friend who just finished the marathon about five minutes before the blast went off, she didn't know how to get in touch with her family. she didn't run with her cell phone. just that fright was amongst everyone and no one knew what to do. >> what about the response? we see some of the boston police now already trying to sort of move us back. the response of some of the first responders. immediate, right? >> it was immediate. i was located on copley square which is where the medical tent was, those people were getting multiple injured individuals into the ambulances and off to these amazing hospitals in boston and to see that and to watch them go into response so quickly was the most amazing part of the day. >> kylie atwood, thank you very much. all right. charlie? >> thank you. we have told you how the attack in boston came with no warning. there were thousands of spectators near the marathon
finish line. suddenly a single sound stopped the cheering. >> all i could see was black coming out toward the road and a big fire. it looked like a fireball or something. >> that blast hit me in the face and pushed me backwards. i was scared. i was terrified. >> nobody knew where it came from. nobody knew what it was. we just knew it was a destructive device. >> something just blew up. >> run. go. >> make your way over there. all units stay off the air and make your way over there. >> my god. >> let's go people. let's go. >> the police stopped us and said you need to turn around and go back. the race is shut down. we didn't know on the course what was happening. >> multiple people down here.
i don't know what the cause is. >> they tore down the faences ad jumped in to help the people. unbelievable. we were trying to put pressure on all of the wounds for everybody. it was chaos. >> i come here to pursue a dream. and go back home feeling like it's not important anymore. you have people that lost their lives, lost limbs. it puts the whole thing in perspective. >> everyone was all together. everyone was so happy cheering each other on and then this happens. it's never going to be the same. >> so many stories. >> she's right. it will never be the same. it's always very heart warming to see how people step in and help total strangers. the president said it best. we're all americans at a time like this. it's so true. we'll go back to boston when "cbs this morning" returns.
♪ at a time like this, so many questions. who? what? when? how? you see a scene like this. there are so many people without legs. three people dead. more than 140 injured. norah? >> you know, charlie, i can't help but think on a day like today where we're focused on the investigation and what happened but also the victims and their families and certainly we're learning more about the 8-year-old boy who died from nearby dorchester who came out with his family to see his dad cross the finish line and his mother and sister are reportedly seriously injured. he was standing next to two brothers who apparently both
lost their legs. their mother is the mother of five and she's now dealing with that tragedy. charlie? >> it's such a cruel ironic day too. such a cruel ironic thing. >> thank you, norah. thank you, gayle. that does it for us. >> we were standing by the finish line cheering on every runner out there waiting my sister and girlfriend to come in. >> you expect to rejoice as soon as you're done. it sent a fury across to everybody. chaos. >> there apparently has been an explosion near the finish line at the boston marathon. >> oh my god. my god. >> the runners had been redirected and police are putting out alerts in the boston area. >> i can't believe this is happening. >> there was a big fireball. everybody went into panic mode. >> on my left a huge explosion went off. we ran to the right. >> another bomb went off. >> it was the scariest thing
i've ever been through in my life. >> terrifying. scary. there was smoke. >> glass was shattered in four or five buildings right next to each other. >> i don't know what it was. part of me hopes it was malfunction of equipment there was there. >> i grabbed my stepson and started running. everyone was running and screaming. someone said that it was a bomb that went off. >> everybody came running out of that tent with wheelchairs and gurneys and they were picking up the wounded. >> soldiers pulling debris out of the way so that rescue workers can get to the injured. >> keep in mind all of this is happening at the same time that everybody doesn't know when another device might go off. >> everybody really was working together as a team. >> a lot of strangers helping people. >> that's what americans do in times of crisis. we come together and we help one another. >> very frantic scene here. >> people everywhere.
>> one woman lost her leg. lots of bleeding. >> this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in baghdad or israel. >> i can't say i've ever seen this volume of patients come this quickly with these type of injuries. >> everybody rose to the occasion. >> the house will now observe a moment of silence. >> tragic events took place in boston earlier today. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> we'll turn every rock over to find the people responsible for this. >> boston is a tough and resilient down. so are its people. i'm supremely confident that bostonians will pull together. >> i'm coming back to race again next year. >> people have died and lost limbs and things like that. i can only hope that they can move forward in some