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article imageMich. attorney calls 911 after car bomb injures him and his sons

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Sep 22, 2011 in Crime
Erik Chappell was taking his two sons, 13 and 11, to football practice in Monroe, Michigan, when a pipe bomb went off in his Volvo injuring the three.
Erik Chappell who lives in Michigan has law practices in both Michigan and Ohio. He handles business litigation and family law. He is known to handle some messy divorce cases.
A call was placed on Tuesday evening to 911. Even though suffering excruciating pain Chappell said to the dispatcher "My car blew up with two kids." reports He added, "I've got two significant leg injuries...they're chewed up pretty good. Deep tissue wounds. They are bleeding. I need someone here now."
Whoever placed the bomb put it so that it would cause as much damage as possible. reports Special Agent Donald Dawkins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Wednesday that the explosive device on the Volvo was placed to do “maximum damage.” reports Dawkins said of the bomb, "There was a lot of power behind it. The victims are very fortunate, very blessed, to be alive." reports Dawkins said the attack was a "heinous crime. When you have children involved, it really hits home."
Shawn Remington said he was working outside his home when he heard what sounded like a heavy, metal Dumpster lid being slammed shut and then saw a big column of smoke Tuesday. When he arrived at the scene, firefighters were extinguishing the blaze and the victims were being put into ambulances. He said the vehicle was "totally melted."
He said, "By the time I got there, there was nothing left of the vehicle. It was down to bare metal."
Dawkins said investigators are pouring over what remains of the car to try and find out how the bomb was made and who might have planted it.
A witness, Edwin Holly said, "By the time I got there, the car was completely engulfed. "The one boy said, oh daddy, my foot keeps hurting... well, he couldn't understand, I don't think. I think he was probably still in shock or whatever."
Even though Chappell was badly injured he managed to pull his two sons out of the car. reports a neighbor said Chappell was released from the hospital Wednesday morning. The boys are still in the hospital with more serious injuries.
The three are expected to make a full recovery.
The ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The ATF can be called at 313-202-3400 with any information.
Authorities said they are working on a number of leads and have received calls from the public. Dawkins said there were a number of "ideas" they are working on ” that could be related to a motive." reports when Dawkins was asked if Chappell could have been targeted by a client because he is a lawyer Dawkins declined to comment.
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