April 20, 2013

Runner, spectator snapped key photos of bombing suspects

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This Monday, April 15, 2013, photo provided by Bob Leonard shows, third from left, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was dubbed Suspect No. 1 and second from left, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who was dubbed Suspect No. 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings. This image was taken approximately 10-20 minutes before the blast.

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David Green holds up his iPhone with a photo on it he took after the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, seconds after the bombs exploded, Green pulled out his smartphone and took the photo of the chaos developing a couple hundred yards in front of him -- the smoke, the people running in panic. The Jacksonville businessman then put his phone back in this pocket and went to help the injured. It wasn't until Thursday that Green realized what he had – a picture of suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, distinctive in his backward white baseball cap, walking away from the scene.

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After he recovered, he went back to Boylston Street, where the finish line is located, to watch the rest of the race with his friends. He realized his phone was dying, so he went into a nearby store with a recharging station.

About 15 minutes later, he was walking back to his friends when the first bomb went off.

"I thought maybe it was a cannon," Green said. Then the second one exploded as he was walking toward it.

"When I saw it, I pulled out the camera and immediately took that picture," Green said.

He then put it back in his pocket and went to help the injured, including a boy and others who were missing limbs.

"It was like battle — a lot of noise, a lot of smoke, people coming at me in a panic," he said.

A short time later, his friend Jason Lubin texted him and asked if he was OK. He replied with the photograph and a note: "It was just in front of me."

Lubin said Thursday, after the FBI released photos of the two suspects, that he decided to take a closer look at Green's photograph — on the off chance Green had captured anything unusual. He pulled up the photo on his smartphone and zoomed in on the crowd. There in the lower left corner was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev walking around a corner, his backward white baseball cap standing out amid the dozens of panicked people fleeing.

"I literally had to sit down," Lubin said.

Green contacted the FBI, which told him to send them a copy of the photograph.

"He is calmly walking, without panic," Green said of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Leonard also took pictures of the chaotic aftermath, smoke five stories high from the explosions that he said were deafening. He also saw a person who lost a limb before police rushed everyone away from the scene.

"The sense of loss tears your heart apart when you hear the victims' stories," said Leonard, who has lived in Taunton, about 30 miles south of Boston, since 1986 and knows what the race means. "It's just so senseless."

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Another photo taken on Monday by Bob Leonard shows, second from right, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and walking behind him, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

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