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Tonight on AC360: Courage in the wake of horror
Carlos Arredondo, who was at the finish line when the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, helped the wounded victims. (Photo credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
April 16th, 2013
07:31 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Courage in the wake of horror

In the 24 hours since two bombs ripped through the finish line area at the Boston Marathon, the scope of the devastation has come into focus, while it's still unclear who's behind the act of terrorism.

Anderson Cooper reports live from Boston at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on the frantic search for answers, the victims and their families and the witnesses who became heroes. First responders and regular people there to compete or watch the marathon ran toward the chaos to aid the wounded, risking their own safety.

More than 180 people were injured and three people died, including 8-year-old Martin Richard , 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and an unnamed Boston University graduate student.

At least 13 victims have had amputations. A trauma doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital told CNN's Jason Carroll that the worst damage he's seen is the destruction to patients' legs.

The images captured in the aftermath of the explosions show the compassionate and fearless response President Obama spoke of today when characterizing the American reaction to evil.

Dr. Natalie Stavas, a pediatric resident at Boston Medical Center who ran in the marathon, first thought the bombs were fireworks in celebration of the race. When she realized what was happening, her instincts kicked in and she went to help the injured. The doctor gave CPR and put tourniquets on people's wounds. She said it "was truly a nightmare." Hear more of her story on AC360.

Carlos Arredondo is being hailed as a hero for what he did to help a stranger. He was at the marathon to support runners representing fallen troops; his own son died in Iraq in 2004. His family also suffered the loss of his other son who committed suicide. Don't miss Anderson's interview with Arredondo tonight to learn about his brave actions.

UPDATE Watch Anderson's interview with Stavas and Arredondo:

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  1. jal

    As a Deputy Sheriff, I am very mixed on these stories. My heart just fell out watching Mrs Campbell attempt a news conference, and I have to wonder, who really pushes for these news conferences. I'm sorry if I sound cold, but in my years I'm just very tired of watching media try to outdo one another to get the lead story, to tell us first, etc. We've moved from giving victims and their families space, time to collect themselves to trying to get to them immediately. It just seems any question from a reporting is going to be stupid. What can you possibly ask? "How are you coping?" Seriously?! Hide do you think. I don't know , probably best for me just to keep quiet.

    April 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Nancy

    What if it is looked at from a reporter's point of view? A camera bag would be an inconspicous method to carry the device, they would be right on the scene to get the sensational footage that could potentially make them famous?

    April 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  3. Judy Best

    hi Anderson,
    just a quick note to tell you what a wonderful reporting job you (and the rest of the CNN crew) are doing in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing....i am at a loss for words to express my sadness, mixed with anger, that events like this occur in what we like to consider a "civilized world"....there is NOTHING civilized about such a gutless, cowardly act being perpetrated against innocent people gathered together for a sporting event....i pray for both the physical and emotional healing of those who have been injured, those who have lost loved ones, and for those like myself who are mourning, once again, at the loss of innocence in the world....i may be a Canadian, but part of my heart has always belonged to my good friends south of the border....Please keep the faith!

    April 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  4. tim

    hey anderson, one question i have about the tragedy in boston is that there have been several images that show a man on the one roof top, yet nothing has been said about that. who is it, what was he doing

    April 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
  5. Bernard Bujold

    @andersoncooper If we look at Boston bombing from a "NCIS point of view", the terrorist could have been there as a runner to hide his act...

    April 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm |