Bloomberg: Sorry for calling Boston Marathon bombing suspect a victim

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After his group Mayors Against Illegal Guns called alleged Boston Marathon bomber a victim of gun violence Tuesday, co-founder New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized, claiming that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was mistakenly included on a list of shooting victims.

His office blamed a Slate.com list of people killed since the December Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings read at rallies for gun control.

During a Concord, N.H., event that featured the Mayors Against Illegal Guns "No More Names" bus, Tsarnaev's name was read along with other victims of gunplay. A pro-gun protester shouted, "He's a terrorist," according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Not only did Tsarnaev allegedly plot the horrific and deadly terror bombing near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon on Patriot's Day, but he was later shot by police in a wild chase during which grenades and other explosives were tossed from his car.

In a followup story, the Union Leader said that a Bloomberg spokesman said that Tsarnaev "was absolutely not a victim, his name should have been deleted before the list was provided to a family member for reading and his name should never have been read. It was a mistake, it should not have happened and we sincerely apologize."

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.