Two Boston Marathon bombing suspects were reportedly caught on video as they visited the sites of both explosions during Monday’s race.
The video surveillance on Boylston Street gave officials a clear view of both male suspects as they carried black bags at each explosion site. They are reportedly planning on releasing the images today in an appeal to the public to identify them.
The two suspects were seen separately on video surveillance, one at each of the bombing sites. An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the best video came from Boylston. The widely reported Lord Taylor surveillance camera, along with snapshots taken from cell phone camera users, have not been as helpful.
It was reported on Wednesday that authorities had identified one Boston bombing suspect, but there was no official confirmation of the rumor by the FBI. After reports that the suspect was identified and arrested, journalists and spectators flocked to the Moakley federal courthouse, expecting to see their first glimpse of him.
But the rumor, circulated widely on mainstream media, was quickly debunked by the FBI, who released a statement saying no arrest was made. But this time, the rumor could be true. City Council President Stephen Murphy, who was briefed by members of the Boston Police Department, stated that he wasn’t sure if investigators knew the name of the man spotted in surveillance footage yesterday.
However, he did add, “They may be on the verge of arresting someone and that’s good.” The Boston Marathon bombs went off on Monday afternoon near the famous race’s finish line. Three people were killed and more than 170 wounded as the bombs tore off limbs and spread shrapnel.
Law enforcement officials pleaded with the public to send in photos, videos, and information that could be useful to the investigation. They also gathered surveillance footage from businesses near the finish line. Murphy stated on Wednesday, “One of the department stores down on Boyleston Street submitted video system which has confirmed that a suspect is seen dropping a bag near the point of the second explosion and heading off.”
It is unclear when authorities will release the photos of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
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