Report: Bombing Suspect Could Have Bled To Death

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April 20 2013 12:15 PM

Report: Bombing Suspect Could Have Bled To Death if Not Found in Time

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Members of a police SWAT team exit Franklin Street moments after 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was apprehended in Watertown

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The large quantity of blood that was on the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in Watertown suggests he might not have survived for much longer. It’s likely Tsarnaev had been bleeding from gunshot wounds in the neck and leg for some 20 hours before he was discovered, according to CBS News’ John Miller. That is when Dzhokhar took part in an intense gun fight with police that ended up killing the other suspect, his 26-year-od brother Tamerlan.

Photos released by authorities late Friday suggests "this is a guy who was very weak at this point and probably—had he not been discovered—he might not have lived," Miller said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “clung to life” Saturday morning, according to ABC News, although it’s unclear how the network knows this considering the FBI has asked the hospital not to give any updates on the suspect’s condition.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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