BOSTON (NEWS1130) – The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is now awake and sometimes responding to questions in writing, according to American news sources.
A team of special investigators is reportedly asking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev about whether there are any other cell members or unexploded bombs.
The 19-year-old survivor, accused of being behind the deadly marathon bombings, suffered several gunshot wounds and is being treated at a Boston hospital.
He is listed as being in serious conditions and reportedly suffered wounds to the neck, that at one point, had officials saying he may never speak again.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says its unclear how he suffered the neck wound. “This is a very complex investigation, and it’s hard to say exactly how he received this injury, there was certainly a shootout in Watertown, there were explosives thrown.”
Prosecutors may lay charges against Tsarnaev as soon as today. They could be at both the state and federal level.
In a new development, the man whose vehicle the brothers hijacked was reportedly told by them that they intended to head to New York next with an arsenal of weapons.
The FBI is hoping to gain insight into the reasoning behind the actions of Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a gunfight with police.
The Bureau admits that its investigators interviewed the older brother several years ago at the request of a foreign government, over fears of ties to extremist groups. Nothing was found in that investigation and it appears he was able to slip off the FBI radar.
Officials are now focusing on a trip the older Tsarnaev took to the Russian province of Dagestan in 2012, where some officials have speculated he was fully radicalized.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speculated that the older Tsarnaev may have “brainwashed or manipulated” his younger brother.
Things are returning to normal in Boston, after the city was shut down on Friday as police agencies from across the state searched for for the suspect. Engineers are examining the structures near the scene of the blast before fully re-opening it to the public.
A funeral will be held for one of the victims of the bombing today.