BOSTON, Mass. (KPIX/KCBS/AP/BCN) — Two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring over 140 others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs at the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon, race organizers and police said.
A 12-year-old Bay Area boy was among those injured, family and friends confirmed to KPIX 5 on Monday night. The boy, whose mother Katherine Hern of Martinez was running in the race, suffered a non-life threatening shrapnel wound to one of his legs and underwent surgery at a Boston hospital.
In a posting on Facebook, Katherine Hern said Aaron was in the ICU but in stable condition late Monday night. Hern said Aaron would have additional surgeries and is expected to be hospitalized for 7-10 days.
Meantime, an elite Bay Area runner who was one of the top finishers in the race was safe and on lockdown at a hotel near the finish line that he went into to grab a snack and recover from 26.2-mile course.
Daniel Tapia, 26, of Castroville in Monterey County, said he heard what sounded like a loud pop outside the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel just before 3 p.m. Boston time.
“Honestly I thought it was something misfired, not something done on purpose by somebody else to hurt somebody,” Tapia said in a phone interview with KCBS All News 740 AM & FM 106.9.
Tapia, who placed ninth, said a medical tent had been set up in front of the hotel and he had heard about severe injuries from participants and observers to the marathon. Tapia was among 23,000 runners from around the world who took part in the race, which winds up near Copley Square.