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April 19, 2013

Officials: Doctors tried to save dying bomb suspect

WATERTOWN, Mass. — The first suspect in the Boston marathon bombings, who was shot in a confrontation with police early Friday, was in cardiac arrest by the time he reached Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, officials said early Friday.

Doctors labored to save him without success, the hospital said in a news briefing. He had multiple gunshot wounds and what appeared to be blast injuries, said Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of emergency medicine.

The second suspect in Monday’s marathon bombings, which left three dead and more than 170 injured, remained at large.

Wolfe said two staff members heard the gunshots and warned the hospital, which braced for another “mass casualty event,” he said.

At 1:10 am, he said, Boston police notified the hospital that they had a “patient with multiple traumatic injuries” en route.

Ten minutes later, the patient arrived in cardiac arrest, Wolfe said. Doctors tried “a number of procedures” for 15 minutes before he was pronounced dead at 1:35 am.

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