At least two people were killed and more than 100 were injured after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.
The blasts, which shattered store fronts and sent smoke pouring into the air by Copley Square, went off almost simultaneously shortly before 3 p.m. and turned a scene of celebration into one of tragedy.
Thousands of people were gathered to watch the race and the area was crowded with runners and spectators.
Photos from the scene showed people being carried away on stretchers and witnesses told reporters that it looked like a “warzone,” with “lots of blood.”
President Obama delivered a statement on Monday evening from the White House:
“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight, and Michelle and I send out deepest thoughts and prayers to the victims.”
He continued, “We still do not know who did this or why … but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. …. Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
In the wake of the bombings, Google has set up “Person Finder” to help those trying to find information on friends and family members in Boston.
The Red Cross has also set up a web page where people can register themselves as “safe and well” or search for loved ones.