“I thought maybe it was a cannon,” Green said. Then the second one exploded as he was walking toward it.
“When I saw it, I pulled out the camera and immediately took that picture,” Green said.
He then put it back in his pocket and went to help the injured, including a boy and others who were missing limbs.
“It was like battle — a lot of noise, a lot of smoke, people coming at me in a panic,” he said.
A short time later, his friend Jason Lubin texted him and asked if he was OK. He replied with the photograph and a note: “It was just in front of me.”
Lubin said Thursday night, after the FBI released photos of the two suspects, he decided to take a closer look at Green’s photograph, on the off chance Green had captured anything unusual. He pulled up the photo on his smartphone and zoomed in on the crowd. There in the lower left corner was Tsarnaev walking around a corner, his backward white baseball cap standing out amid the dozens of panicked people fleeing. He appeared to be buttoning his jacket.
“I literally had to sit down,” Lubin said.
He said he immediately sent Green a text message.
“I told him in my view it was a 100 percent match with the guy on TV,” Lubin said.
That prompted Green to contact the FBI, which told him to send them a copy of the photograph.
He said that looking at the photo now, he is struck by two things: Tsarnaev isn’t carrying the backpack the surveillance videos show him with before the bombings, and he is acting very differently from everyone around him.
“He is calmly walking, without panic,” Green said.