“Behind a podium was blue drapery, and behind that was a door,” he said. “I was the only one who knew that was there. So I was able to somehow get out that door.”
When Krupa got out of the hotel, it was oddly quiet. Krupa saw one person walking in the opposite direction, but he still had no idea exactly what had happened. He then turned onto Boylston Street and what he saw was terrifying.
“It was horrible,” he said. “There were police officers, medical responders, runners, all trying to do something. Somehow, I wasn’t seen and I was able to go right down Boylston Street to the finish line.”
Just as he got onto Boylston, he saw the wheelchair.
“I saw a man in the cowboy hat with a wheelchair and he was running toward me, because the ambulance was behind me.” he said. “Jeff Bauman must have stared at me from 150 feet. As they passed, I ran alongside of them and took the picture that I took.”
Only a minute passed between the second explosion and the time Krupa took the picture.
“You really have no idea what you’re looking at,” he said. “You know there was an explosion, but I didn’t know if it was a gas main or some sort of freak accident. But as you get to the scene and see the carnage, it was pretty obvious that this was no accident.”
Later that night, officials confirmed that it was a terrorist attack.
Arredondo was at the finish line of the marathon, handing out American flags in honor of his son Alexander, a serviceman who was killed in Iraq in 2004, when the two bombs exploded. Arredondo leaped over the barricades and put a tourniquet around Bauman’s legs and rushed him to safety.