Boston Officials: Marathon Bombs Injured 264 [VIDEO]
Public health officials are now saying that 264 people sought treatment at hospitals for injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Authorities had been saying that about 180 people were injured, but that was just victims brought to hospitals in the immediate aftermath of the April 15 explosions. Three people were killed and at least 14 people lost all or part of a limb.
The Boston Public Health Commission says the larger number includes people who delayed seeking treatment. For example, some people had ringing in their ears from the blasts and thought it might go away, but it persisted for several days. Other people sought delayed treatment for minor shrapnel wounds. Twenty-seven different hospitals treated the injured.
The commission said as of Tuesday, 51 people were still hospitalized.
Boston Marathon suspect’s condition improves
Federal officials say the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s medical condition has improved.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been listed in serious condition at a Boston hospital since he was captured Friday. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said his condition had been upgraded to fair.
According to Beth Israel Deaconess, at noon today, Dzhokhar Tsarvaev’s condition is listed as “fair.” Releasing info at request of BIDMC.
— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) April 23, 2013
The 19-year-old was wounded in a shootout with police and suffered gunshot wounds in the head, neck, legs and hand. Tsarnaev was charged Monday in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during the shootout.
From outsiders to bombing suspects in Boston
Two U.S. officials say slain Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda in the run-up to last week’s marathon attacks that killed three people. Authorities believe neither Tamerlan nor his younger brother Dzhokhar had links to terror groups. But law enforcement officials have concluded based on an early interrogation and other evidence that the two brothers were motivated by an anti-American, radical version of Islam. On Tuesday, two officials said that Tamerlan frequently looked at extremist propaganda, including Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication aimed at aspiring lone-wolf terrorists. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
Lawyers: Bombing suspect’s wife assisting inquiry
Lawyers for the wife of the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect say she is doing everything she can to assist authorities. But they wouldn’t say Tuesday if Katherine Tsarnaeva, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has spoken to investigators yet. Providence attorneys Amato DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum issued a statement Tuesday saying Tsnarnaeva is deeply mourning the bombing victims. They say that Tsarnaeva and her family were in shock when they learned of allegations against her husband and brother-in-law, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev . The lawyers say Tsarnaeva, whose toddler is the daughter of the late suspect, is “trying to come to terms with these events.” DeLuca told the Associated Press on Sunday that federal investigators want to speak with his client. They wouldn’t comment Tuesday beyond the statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this story