FBI: Marathon Bombing Investigation 'Wide Open'

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 05:48 PM

By Greg Richter

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No organization has claimed responsibility for the bombings at the Boston Marathon and the FBI currently has no "definitive information" on suspects, Richard DesLauriers, the agent running the investigation, said on Tuesday.

"At this time there are no claims of responsibility. The range of suspects and motives remains wide open," said DesLauriers, the FBI special agent in charge in Boston. "We don't have any definitive information regarding a suspect or suspects. It could be a person, it could be persons." 

Noting that the investigation is still in its “infancy,” DesLauriers, at a press conference Tuesday, also cautioned the public not to speculate as to who might be responsible.

“These are times when all kinds of forces sometimes conspire to make people start to think of categories of people in sometimes uncharitable ways. This community will recover and will heal if we turn to each other rather than on each other,” Gov. Deval Patrick added.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino, speaking from a wheelchair after having been hospitalized over the weekend, said the city will recover. “We are Boston. We are one community. And we will not let terror take us over.”

DesLauriers confirmed that the devices are believed to have been inside pressure cookers that were placed inside black nylon bags or backpacks. He asked anyone who had heard someone talking about the marathon or the date of April 15 in a way they might be targeting the event to call them with information.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis, in response to a media question, said that security was as tight as it could be under the circumstances. The marathon was a “soft target,” he noted, since the streets were open to the public, and authorities tried to strike the proper balance on security without making the event a “police state.”

Davis also said the identity of the third fatality has not been made public because police are still trying to determine the person’s identity.

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