Iconic Boston bombing victim helped ID suspects from hospital bed

Posted at 10:00 AM, Apr 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-19 11:28:56-04

BOSTON (PIX11) — The man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and was captured in a now-iconic photograph being transported by wheelchair, is being credited with identifying one of the terrorists behind the attack.

According to Bloomberg News, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman regained consciousness in his room at Boston Medical Center and asked for a pen and paper, writing: “Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.”

Remarkably, while in intensive care, Bauman managed to describe the suspect later identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev — one half of the terrorist pair that blew up two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring more than 170.

Telling investigators, Tsarnaev was described as donning a hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket, a baseball cap and dark glasses on that fateful day, the victim’s brother recounted to Bloomberg News.

The description turned out to be valuable as it assisted authorities in their hunt for the man who was captured on surveillance with another man – later identified as his brother as 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

The elder Tsarnaev was killed by authorities early Friday during a shootout while the younger Tsarnaev remains on the run Friday.