BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Last week, when the firefight between the Boston police and the two bombing suspects happened, State Representative David Baria and his family were in Boston. The Barias were stuck in a Boston hotel just a block away from where the bombs went off during the Boston Marathon.
Back home, the state lawmaker shared his family's terrifying story.
"One time I looked out the window and I saw that these bomb robots were being deployed right outside of my window of course that got my attention," Representative Baria recalled.
The state lawmaker captured the tense moments with photos from his Boston hotel room.
"We awoke to the sound of dogs barking outside of the hotel window at about 5:30, which seemed a bit odd in downtown Boston. It was a lot of dogs barking. We got up and looked out of the window. We discovered they were K-9 dogs and there were a lot of police cars and para-military vehicles parked on the street underneath our hotel," explained Baria.
Baria's wife was attending a conference and their daughter planned to tour some colleges in the area. But those plans quickly changed when the city went on lockdown.
"It was surreal being in a city the size of Boston to see the streets just completely desolate."
The Barias were stuck about three miles away from where one suspect was killed in a gun battle with police, and just five miles from Watertown where the second suspect was finally captured Friday night.
"They did let you leave the hotel, but as you were leaving they told you, 'You don't need to be gone long.' There were armed police and security on virtually every city block on the one street that we did walk down. We went out just to get a bite to eat and came back pretty quickly," according to Baria.
He said despite some anxious moments, they felt safe with the show of force all around them.
"We were all very anxious. It was a very unique circumstance to be so close to, so we were all very anxious. But we were all glued to the TV. We were nervous and apprehensive because we wanted the guy to be caught before anyone else got hurt," said Baria.