Two are dead and more than 100 injured in the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred late Monday afternoon.
Shortly before 3 p.m., the first marathoners crossed the finish line on Boylston Street in Copley Square. Two explosions quickly occurred within seconds of each other.
The perpetrator has not yet been identified.
“You feel horrible for the families, for those people that lost their loved ones and for the people who were hurt,” Sean Prather, LPC Campus Safety Supervisor, said. “People automatically will think foreign terrorist, but we’ve had acts of domestic terrorists like the Oklahoma City bombers where 168 people were killed. That was a terrorist right here, a citizen.”
Both federal officials and national television are describing the bombings that sent the city into chaos as “obvious acts of terrorism.” It has not been confirmed whether the bombings are domestic or foreign acts of terror.
“We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” President Obama said in a public statement to the citizens of the U.S. shortly after the attack. “But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and 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 Livermore Patch reports that four of the runners were Livermore residents: Mark Goralka, Jaclyn Hepler, David Ly and Randy Simpson. It is uncertain whether the runners were present at the time of the explosions.