Boston Bomb Victim 'Helped Identify Suspect'

Boston Bomb Victim 'Helped Identify Suspect'

One of the most seriously injured victims of the Boston Marathon bombings reportedly helped investigators to identify one of their two suspects.

Chris Bauman told Bloomberg News that his brother, Jeff, had woken up in intensive care and given a description of the man.

"He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote: 'Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,'" he said.

The 27-year-old victim told FBI agents that a man wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at him and then dropped a bag at his feet.

"I've had many times alone with him, and yes, he told me every single detail," Chris Bauman told Bloomberg.

He added that the description helped investigators narrow down their manhunt as they searched through hours of video images from Monday's marathon bombing.

Without his help, that search could have taken weeks, the brother said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was not able to verify the details of the account directly.

However, on Thursday agents released images of two suspects . The first matched the description the injured man provided.

Photographs and TV images of an ashen-faced Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs at the knee in the bombings, have been seen across the world.

His family learned of his horrific injuries the same way, according to his brother. Their sister saw it first.

"She called my mom, freaking out," he said.

Relatives and friends have set up a Facebook page to support Mr Bauman.

His best friend posted: "Baumans doing awesome, another successful surgery and he's talking, making jokes and in very good spirits."

He was visited in hospital by actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots star Julian Edelman, who later tweeted a picture of the young man giving a thumbs-up to the camera.