3 killed amid explosions at Boston Marathon; more than 100 injured


Two fatal explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday left at least three dead and more than 100 injured, with the injury toll still climbing Monday night.

CNN, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe on Monday night were among those reporting that three had been killed, as did WCVB in Boston. The media reported that among those killed was an 8-year-old boy, whose mother and sister were injured.

The Boston Globe reported at least 130 people were injured.

MORE: Minnesota runners describe chaos after explosions at Boston Marathon

The Boston Globe reported that a celebratory finish-line scene had been transformed into bloody chaos. Among the injured were people who lost limbs, including two brothers, the newspaper reported.

ABC News reported that among the injured are "several children with severe trauma."

Federal officials told NBC News that police are guarding a "possible suspect." But Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said no suspects have been arrested, the Boston Globe reported.

At a news conference Monday night, Richard Deslauriers, the head of the Boston office of the FBI, said the FBI was taking the lead in the investigation, the Boston Globe reported. He described it as a “criminal investigation” and a “potential terrorist investigation.”

President Barack Obama gave a statement from White House, saying, "We still do not know who did this or why ... 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."

Here's video from the scene at the finish line:

WCVB reports around 1:50 p.m., the first explosion was reported across from the Lenox Hotel followed by a second blast about 15 seconds later.

The Boston Herald reports that a third explosion took place at the JFK Library in the city, but police say it appears to be fire related.

Bloody spectators were being carried to a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners, according to FOX Boston. Witnesses reported some of the severely injured victims lost limbs.

Emergency officials in Boston are saying those who want to get in touch with loved ones who might be tied up in the chaos should text instead of call.

State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, tells the Pioneer Press that he had finished the Boston Marathon and was away from the finish line by the time two explosions hit.

More than 500 runners participating in the marathon are registered as being from Minnesota, MPR reports. Distance runner Kara Goucher, who grew up in Duluth, finished in sixth place.

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