“I just assumed it was people who were dehydrated or whatever from the marathon being taken away, which I think is pretty common,” he said.
“And more and more sirens kept going by, and then we found out what happened,” he added.
He and his girlfriend found out what happened, he said, when calls and text messages started arriving from family and friends, inquiring about their safety.
“We stayed in the apartment, because we could see the street we’re on was shut down almost immediately,” he said. “The police are set up on the corner. They’re not letting anybody go up Dartmouth (Street) toward the finish line.”
“Right now, out on the street we’re on, Columbus, there’s a line of ambulances that starts right on the corner and goes at least three blocks,” he added. “I can’t see the end, but there’s at least 50 ambulances in that group.”
The experience was unnerving.
“It’s a little surreal right now, with everything that’s happening, with all these ambulances out front,” he said. “We’re not really sure what’s happening now.
“It’s clearly not over if there’s 50 ambulances outside your door – ready to go at a moment’s notice.”
“I’ve never been this close to something like this before, and its kind of terrifying to think we were across the street from everything a few minutes before,” Sutton added.
Raddatz, who now lives in New York City, was baffled at why anyone might want to bomb the marathon.
“It’s a very, very joyful day in Boston, and people look forward to it all year long,” she said.
“They had a moment of silence for all of the victims of Sandy Hook, which is very powerful because the whole field of runners – 27,000 runners – was instantly silent,” she added.
“It was just incredible.”
Raddatz was in Washington on 9/11, but said Monday in Boston was different.
“This is just people coming together and appreciating the joy of sport,” she said. “It’s hard for me to comprehend how people could target that. It’s just so pure.”