President Barack Obama addressed the nation briefly at 11:30 am., describing Monday's Boston Marathon bombings for the first time as "an act of terror."
"Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. What we don’t know is who carried to this attack, or why," Obama said.
The president went on to flatly state that one thing is clear: "We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. The American people refuse to be terrorized."
Acts of heroism, bravery and selflessness demonstrate the true nature of Americans, Obama said, showing that citizens "refuse to be terrorized."
"If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, out of faith," he said, reminding citizens across the nation to be on alert as the investigation unfolds.
“We’ll continue to remain vigilant. ... This is a good time for all of us to remember that we all have a part to play in alerting authorities. If you see something suspicious, speak up," Obama said.
Officials are expected to brief the media throughout the day. Stay with Metro as this story develops.