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BOSTON (AP) — Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why.
An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement and released late Tuesday included a picture of a mangled pressure cooker and a torn black bag the FBI said were part of a bomb.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies repeatedly pleaded for members of the public to come forward with photos, videos or anything suspicious they might have seen or heard.
“The range of suspects and motives remains wide open,” Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said at a news conference. He vowed to “go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime.”
President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism but said officials don’t know “whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”
Scores of victims remained in hospitals, many with grievous injuries, a day after the twin explosions near the marathon’s finish line killed three people, wounded more than 170 and reawakened fears of terrorism. A 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition.
Martin Richard was standing with his family near the Boston Marathon finish line to cheer on family friends when an explosion took his life. He was 8 years old and in the third grade.
Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil held Tuesday evening at Garvey Park in Dorchester to remember the young boy. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell returned to his hometown to attend the vigil and see how the suburban community is coping.
(Photo of the Garvey Park vigil in Dorchester, Mass. taken by MSNBC’s Evan Puschak)
“I can’t believe it happened,” said a classmate of Martin’s. “It’s really sad.”
Her mother told O’Donnell how the parents in the community were feeling. “We were up to almost midnight last night talking to other parents just because it is just such a close neighborhood, you know. And they’re such a wonderful family. I mean, so… it’s terrible.”
Krystal Campbell, a 29-year-old fitness coach and restaurant manager, was identified as the second victim on Tuesday.
By Eun Kyung Kim
North Korea probably lacks the ability to deliver nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles but the United States must be prepared for “every contingency out there,” President Obama said in an exclusive TODAY interview recorded just before the Boston Marathon explosions.
“Based on our current intelligence assessments we do not think that they have that capacity,” Obama told Savannah Guthrie. However, North Korea’s history of consistently erratic behavior has forced the Pentagon to take all necessary precautions.
“We have to make sure that we are dealing with every contingency out there. And that’s why I’ve repositioned missile defense systems to guard against any miscalculation on their part,” he said in a wide-ranging interview. The first part of the discussion aired Tuesday.
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Both John McCain and Mitt Romney are saying that they are considering being a candidate for president in 2016. Let both of them run and let the delegates at the convention decide who gets the top spot on the ticket if the loser agrees to accept second place on the ticket. Then they could use the Clinton argument of 1992 that the voters will be getting two for the price of one. Then it was Bill and Hillary; now it would be John and Mitt or Mitt and John.