Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who is suspected of trying to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. Monday, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’ ” Chris Bauman said Thursday.
While in intensive care, Jeff Bauman gave the FBI a description of the man he saw, his brother said. FBI officials declined to comment on specific tips. The bureau released video images of two suspects Thursday.