Tsarnaev Awake, Answering Questions in Writing
Cops believe Boston suspect inflicted fatal injuries on brother
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 1:05 AM CDT
Updated Apr 22, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
ATF and FBI agents check suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for explosives and give him medical attention after he was apprehended in Watertown, Mass.    (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has regained consciousness and has been giving investigators written answers to questions, law enforcement sources tell ABC, though it's unclear if he's actually saying anything useful yet. Sources tell Fox News that he will not be formally charged today. The Boston bombing suspect is listed as in serious but stable condition at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, with neck and throat injuries that prevent him from talking. The shot that injured his throat was fired at close range, sources tell Newsday, and that, combined with the bullet's apparent trajectory, leads investigators to believe that the 19-year-old shot himself in a failed suicide attempt after police discovered his hiding place.

The source says Tsarnaev was mouthing curse words as an ambulance rushed him to the hospital, though it's unclear if they were aimed at his doctors, his captors, or himself. Investigators now believe Dzhokhar may have dealt the killing blow to his brother, Tamerlan, the Boston Globe reports. The 26-year-old had apparently run out of bullets and was struggling with police officers trying to handcuff him when his younger brother sped toward them in a stolen SUV, causing officers to scatter and running over the elder brother, who was briefly dragged by the vehicle, Watertown's chief of police says.

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gomer99
Apr 22, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
How many kids did Bob Dylan have, anyhow......? http://tinyurl.com/d4wql87
joedert
Apr 22, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
He ran over his own brother. Maybe the liberals in the White House will want to charge him with vehicular manslaughter and rehabilitate him because he is only 19 yo with no prior record?
GaryUSA
Apr 22, 2013 11:49 AM CDT
Hmm, it sounds like he may be the mastermind of their little terrorist operation, and wanted to keep his brother from talking. And with his brother dead, he's naive enough to think he can blame everything on him and avoid the federal death penalty. I also think his so-called suicide attempt was fake, because how could a second-year medical student not know how to position a gun barrel inside his mouth so the bullet would go through his brain? And it's pretty "convenient" that the bullet missed his spine.