Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Took Bullet to the Face

Court documents released yesterday detail his injuries
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2013 6:53 AM CDT
Updated Aug 20, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Took Bullet to the Face
In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raises his hand.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)

When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerged from the boat he had been hiding in, he was bloodied, and now we very clearly know why. Court documents released yesterday detail his specific injuries, the most serious of which was a gunshot wound to the face that ripped into his ear and fractured his skull, reports the Boston Globe. The trauma surgeon who treated him described it in court as "a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base ... his C1 vertebrae ... as well as injury to the pharynx [and] mouth."

The April 22 report also cited "multiple gunshot wounds to the extremities," and the Wall Street Journal adds that his left hand suffered a number of injuries and needed tendon repair. (Read more Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stories.)

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