An official briefed on the Boston Marathon bombings has confirmed that they have a person of interest in the bombings that occurred on Monday, according to multiple reports by Fox News, CNN, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune.
The suspect was spotted by a surveillance camera in Lord & Taylor, across the street from the marathon, that showed a man dropping off a bag at the sight of the bombings.
Authorities confirmed that they have an image of the potential suspect but they don’t know his name.
Law enforcement officials said the bombs, which detonated seconds apart, were packed with ball bearings and BBs, apparently intended to increase the casualties.
“Many [victims] have severe wounds, mostly in the lower part of their body,” a doctor from Massachusetts General Hospital said to ABC News.
Victims have metallic fragments in their bodies including shrapnel and nails, which appear to have been part of the bombs’ construction. Police report 176 injured; 17 critical; 3 fatalities.
The bombs killed an 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard; a 29-year-old woman, Krystle Campbell and a Boston University graduate student who was a Chinese citizen. Boston University has identified the student as Lu Lingzi, according to the Chicago Tribune. More than 170 people were wounded by the explosions.