Two large explosions rocked the Boston Marathon yesterday, leaving over 150 people injured and three people dead. The blasts occurred nearly 15 seconds apart near the race’s finish line inside the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel around 3 p.m.
Boston police officials have yet to pin down a suspect, but preliminary investigations suggest bombs were planted inside of garbage cans. Police are relying on the help of bystander photos and video in their search.
One such photo, taken by Suffolk University student Dan Lampariello, has garnered significant attention from conspiracy theorists. Taken at the instant of the second explosion, the still shot features a man on a roof in the left corner. The photo went viral, leaving people on social networks buzzing about the mysterious figure.
“I was about 200 feet from the finish line […] right in front of the Mandarin Hotel,” Lampariello told ABC News. “My aunt was actually running in the marathon. We were out there to cheer her on. We thought maybe it was fireworks at first, but when we saw the second explosion we definitely knew that something was wrong.”
Though police have not made headway on the search for the culprit, President Obama has called the attack an “act of terror” and a “heinous and cowardly act” today, and also ensured yesterday that the necessary steps would be take to find out the details.
“We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” he said. “But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this, we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
The White House and other government buildings will raise their flags to half-staff in honor of the explosions’ victims.