BOSTON, M.A. DEVELOPING (FOX News)-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.
One source told Reuters the development was based on information that surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators in a bedside interrogation in Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he remains in fair condition.
The brothers are suspected of setting two bombs, at least one of which was made from a pressure cooker packed with gunpowder and shrapnel, at the finish line of the race April 15. Three people were killed and more than 200 injured. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted in the attacks, which he said were prompted by the brothers' religious beliefs and anger over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.