UDATE: Baria watching events unfold in Boston
By Dwayne Bremer
Apr 19, 2013, 18:38
Boston police deploy a bomb robot on Friday morning outside David Baria's hotel. Photo courtesy of David Baria
A business trip for Mississippi State Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis had turned in a bird's eye view of one of the most tragic events in American history.
Baria said Friday that he, his wife Marcia, and his oldest daughter flew into Boston on Thursday for a business trip and for Baria's daughter to visit several colleges in the area.
Baria said the hotel he is staying at, on Copley Square, is only a few hundred yards from the bombing site and he and his family have been advised to stay in their room until the suspects are captured.
"When we were riding in the taxi to the hotel, we saw several roads closed," Baria said. "About 5:30 this morning, we heard a bunch of dogs barking. I looked out the window and there are a lot of police and military vehicles on the street."
Baria said he is staying about three or four miles from Watertown, where the search is ongoing for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
According to multiple media reports, Tsarnaev's brother Tamerlan, has been killed.
The two brothers are also suspected in the killing of a campus police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About 11 a.m. Friday, Baria said, police were deploying a bomb detecting robot outside his hotel.
Baria said despite the increased law enforcement activity, he said he feels safe at the hotel.
"This is a terrible tragedy," Baria said. "I think the local, state, and federal officials are doing a good job here. Hopefully, they will catch the guy soon."