The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had Times Square in their sights before law enforcement authorities put an end to their bloody terror spree, according to a top U.S. lawmaker who cited police sources.
Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke of going to New York while driving the streets of Cambridge last Thursday, according to a man who was carjacked and later escaped. The development came hours before getting into a shootout with police. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died and his younger brother remains in fair condition in a Boston hospital.
While previous reports have said the brothers were coming to the Big Apple “to party,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News they were planning to set off bombs in Times Square, the tourist mecca targeted by Faisal Shahzad in a failed 2010 plot.
“I’ve heard that from police sources that Times Square was mentioned by the bombers and is believed to have been the next attack, the next possible attack,” King said.
New York Mayor Mike Blomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly were set to speak to the press about the possible plot Thursday afternoon.
Doomberg managed to avoid shoving his foot in his throat at the just-concluded presser. There’s always a first time. Realistically speaking, however, the idea these two losers would have made it down to NYC from Boston in a stolen vehicle is pretty remote, especially since the carjacking victim had left his cellphone in the vehicle, which was used to track them into Watertown.