As the city of Boston reels from yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon and the rest of the world wonders what the hell is wrong with people, police continue to look for a killer (or killers) whose atrocious act of violence did little than to terrify runners (runners of all people!), and murder at least three people, including an 8-year-old boy.
In the chaos yesterday, false rumors and news reports swirled. Some news outlets reports that a person of interest had been detained at the scene. The Boston Globe today reports that yes, a Saudi man who was seen running away from the blast was questioned, but he was a student in Boston who had been running in fear. The Globe confirmed that an apartment in the suburb of Revere was searched, but no other details were given regarding that situation.
The Globe debunked reports that police found additional bombs that failed to explode; however, the New York Times paraphrased an official who said there were four total. (Don't even get us started on the conspiracy theorists alleging this was a "false flag" attack by the government on its own people.) Officials are expected to hold a press conference with updates at 9:30 this morning.
States and cities around the country are of course offering support to Boston. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott released the following statement:
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Boston. I've asked the Florida Division of Emergency Management to be on standby to provide any assistance needed to help first responders on the ground in Boston. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also stands ready to provide any support services needed. As a husband, father and grandfather, today's events remind us all of how fragile life is and how important it is for us to keep our communities safe. Tonight, our state stands in support of all those impacted by the Boston bombings. We hope those responsible are swiftly brought to justice - and peace and safety is quickly restored."