Bomber is awake and responding to questions after he ‘shot himself in the head while he was cornered in boat’

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is responding sporadically in writing to questions from investigators regarding other cell members and other unexploded bombs
  • Teenager may have had no intention of being taken alive
  • Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan may have had suicide pact to prevent them from being put on trial, police sources tell MailOnline
  • Condition downgraded to ‘critical but stable’ from initial reports that he was ‘serious’
  • Tsarnaev had lost large amounts of blood by the time he was captured
  • Suffered a gunshot to the throat and a wound to his leg
  • Massachusetts Governor reveals video shows Tsarnaev planting second bomb at marathon
  • Police commissioner says suspects were planning another bomb attack when they were caught

 

The alleged Boston Marathon bomber is awake and responding to questions in his hospital bed.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is responding sporadically in writing to questions from investigators regarding other cell members and other unexploded bombs, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The 19-year-old shoved his pistol in his own mouth and pulled the trigger as SWAT officers and federal agents closed in on the boat where he was hiding on Friday night. However, instead of killing him, the bullet simply tore through his neck.

Authorities initially said they couldn’t question him because of the throat wound. CNN reports earlier today that Tsarnaev was ‘intubated and sedated’ at a Boston hospital.

The Boston police commissioner said Tsarnaev is in ‘critical but stable’ condition on Sunday – which appears to be a downgrade from reports earlier this weekend that his condition was only ‘serious.’

Boston Mayor Tom Menino had earlier feared that federal agents would never be able to interview Tsarnaev but it seems that investigators may already be making progress.

Police sources told MailOnline that investigators are looking into the possibility that Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan had a suicide pact so that neither of them could be taken alive and put on trial. Authorities believe Dzhokhar likely killed him brother, who was handcuffed, when he ran over him.

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Wounded: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seen here moments after he was pulled from the boat where he was hiding, suffered a throat wound and a leg woundWounded: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seen here moments after he was pulled from the boat where he was hiding, suffered a throat wound and a leg wound

 

Wounded: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was immediately loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital, where he remains in serious conditionWounded: Tsarnaev was immediately loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital, where he remains in serious condition

 

Site: Investigators work around the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding after a massive manhunt that left the Boston area paralyzed in fearSite: A blood stain can be seen on the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding after a massive manhunt that left the Boston area paralyzed in fear

Hiding out: This is a surveillance video image of Tsarnaev getting out of the boat where he was pinned down on Friday nightHiding out: This is a surveillance video image of Tsarnaev getting out of the boat where he was pinned down on Friday night

A suicide pact could also explain why 19-year-old Dzhokhar ran over his own brother in his stolen Mercedes SUV as he escaped from the scene, the sources added.

Tamerlan was killed early Friday after a running gun battle with police. Doctors say he appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds, blast injuries and major trauma from being hit and dragged by his brother’s car.

The new twist in the story of Tsarnaev’s dramatic capture comes as the Boston police commissioner warns that he and Tamerlan were plotting more bomb attacks on the city and they were caught just in time. Authorities insisted that the pair were working alone.

Ed Davis said the bombers were flushed out of hiding when the FBI released close-up surveillance video of their faces and asked for the public’s help in tracking them down.

 

 

‘The news conference forced them out of their hideout and they decided to commit further violent acts. But it’s my belief that they were already manufacturing explosive devices. Further violent acts were inevitable,’ Davis told The Boston Globe.

New video also revealed the final moments of Dzhokha’s standoff with police. The images come from a thermal imaging camera aboard a Massachusetts State Police helicopter that was hovering above the dramatic police standoff.

Tsarnaev, 19, was captured by police on Friday night after the boat’s owner found him hiding out when he went to check on his beloved watercraft in that was parked on a trailer at a house in suburban Watertown, Massachusetts.

 VIDEO  Thermal imaging captures Boston bomb suspect’s last stand

Raw video. Thermal imaging of bomb suspects capture in boat

 

 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is reportedly unable to speak with federal agents because of his throat wound. Authorities are anxious to talk to him to learn his motives behind the attackDzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and responding to questions. Authorities are anxious to talk to him to learn his motives behind the attack

Concealed: The suspect appears to be laying flat in the boat in the final moments before his captureStill: The suspect appears to be laying flat in the boat in the final moments before his capture

In hiding: The dramatic footage released by police shows where the teenager lay hiding in a boat in the quiet suburban neighbourhood of Watertown In hiding: The dramatic footage released by police shows where the teenager lay hiding in a boat in the quiet suburban neighbourhood of Watertown

 

 

BlastBlast: Video appears to show a flash grenade being thrown into the boat where the suspect hid

 

Show of forceShow of force: The Massachusetts State Police has released this video showing an explosion resulting from a grenade thrown into the boat where the suspect lay

It is believed that federal prosecutors are putting the final touches together on charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and could filed them today.

The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick revealed on Sunday that surveillance video from the Boston Marathon attack shows one suspect dropping his backpack and calmly walking away from it before the bomb inside it exploded.

‘These guys did not have an exit plan after the bombing, and from they way they have both ended up it looks like they planned on never being taken alive.

‘Why else would this kid drive over his brother. It does not make any sense until you realize he also tried to take his own life. They had some sort of suicide pact worked out so they would not be taken alive.’

Police source speaking to MailOnline

 

The video clearly puts 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the scene of the attack, Patrick said on NBC.

‘It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion,’ Patrick said. ‘It’s pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly.’

Tsarnaev reportedly lost significant amounts of blood after suffering two wounds. One was a gunshot to the leg he sustained during a running gun battle with police early Friday. Another was the wound to his neck.

CBS News correspondent John Miller reports: ‘They say it appears from the wound that he might have stuck a gun in his mouth, and fired and actually just went out the back of his neck without killing him.

‘That’s one of the reasons he’s unable to communicate, but he can understand what they’re saying. And they believe there will be a point where he will be able to talk to him.’

Law enforcement sources tell MailOnline that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were determined not to be taken alive.

Dzhokhar was also responsible for driving over his brother as he was being handcuffed by police following a fierce gun battle in Watertown in the predawn hours of Friday.

The teen floored a stolen Mercedes SUV and drove it straight at the police and his 26-year-old brother who was on the ground after being seized.

The police were able to jump out of the way – but Tamlerlan was dragged for up to 40 feet under the wheels of the speeding car.

This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspect number 2 behind
This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling the suspects together, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan ‘were going to attack other individuals’ —says Boston police commissioner Davis and says that opinion is based on the evidence at the scene and the cache of weapons the brothers had at their disposal.

Planning further atrocities?: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan were believed to be about to unleash further terror attacks on Boston according to the city's police commissioner

Planning further atrocities?: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan were believed to be about to unleash further terror attacks on Boston according to the city’s police commissioner

The crush injuries are thought to have contributed to his death but police have yet to reveal an exact cause of death.

‘These guys did not have an exit plan after the bombing, and from they way they have both ended up it looks like they planned on never being taken alive,’ said a law enforcement source.

‘Why else would this kid drive over his brother. It does not make any sense until you realize he also tried to take his own life. They had some sort of suicide pact worked out so they would not be taken alive.’

Exactly what happened in the boat remains unclear. Neighbors reported hearing police SWAT officers unleash several bursts of automatic weapons fire as they closed in on the 25-foot vessel.

A police robot tore open the cover of the boat and a state police helicopter used an infrared camera to reveal Tsarnaev’s location in the stern.

Officers lobbed flash grenades into the boat in attempt to stun the suspect and called from him to surrender.

He later climbed out of the boat and surrendered.

After he was taken into custody, he was rushed to the hospital.

Suspects: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, was reportedly run over by his accomplice and younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19Suspects: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, was reportedly run over by his accomplice and younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19

EvidenceEvidence: Investigators gather evidence on Saturday, near the location in Watertown, Mass., where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured

Many reports say he climbed out of the boat on his own power. The Los Angeles Times reports that Tsarnaev was swearing profusely in the ambulance.

However, Boston Mayor Menino said Tsarnaev was in ‘very serious’ condition at a Boston hospital after being captured Friday night.

‘And we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to question the individual,’ he said without elaborating. The suspect later awoke and is now communicating with investigators in writing.

Senator Dan Coats, an Indiana Republican who sits on the Intelligence Committee, said earlier that it was questionable whether Tsarnaev would be able to talk again.

‘The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat,’ Coats said.

‘It doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all.

 

‘We are hoping, for a host of reasons, that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered,’ Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said.

ReviewReview: Investigators remained at the home in Watertown, Mass. where the surviving suspect was located

How the drama in Watertwon unfolded in the early hours of Friday

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312486/Dzhokhar-Tsarnaev-Boston-bombing-suspect-gun-mouth-fired-botched-suicide-attempt.html#ixzz2R9pmYRhX

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