Next on Tsarnaevs' List: NY?
Brothers reportedly told carjack victim they planned to go there
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 8:42 AM CDT
This combination of undated file photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young, File)

(Newser) – The Tsarnaev brothers apparently got quite chatty with the driver whose Mercedes SUV they allegedly carjacked: Not only did they reportedly admit their role in the Boston Marathon bombings to him, they also told him they were planning to go to New York, a senior US official tells the New York Times. Politico has a slightly different take: It picks up a report from NBC's Pete Williams, who says the carjacking victim did hear the word "Manhattan" in a conversation the brothers were having in a foreign language. And while Williams says police "doubt that he could really understand what they were saying," Police Commissioner Ed Davis said yesterday that authorities believe the brothers were planning more attacks, based on the amount of weapons, ammo, and explosives found.

Authorities recovered four firearms including an M-4 carbine rifle (akin to what US troops in Afghanistan are armed with), two handguns, and a BB gun; they also determined that the Tsarnaev brothers made at least five pipe bombs. As for the Mercedes driver, the Los Angeles Times reports that he managed to escape when his captors went into a Shell gas station in Cambridge ... to buy snacks. He ran to another gas station (where he reportedly shouted, "These people are trying to kill me!") to call police, and an officer started quietly following the Mercedes. When the brothers noticed, they stopped and "attempted to get the officer," Davis says. A firefight ensued, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed (possibly by his own brother), and the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began.

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Apr 23, 2013 3:40 AM CDT
I watched that shootout on the CBS affiliate in Boston when it was happening. I thought I heard an AR-15 firing, was wondering if the Boston SWAT was at the shootout, but found out later the shootout was just between Boston P.D. & the two brothers. Sounded like a lot of semi-auto handguns & an AR-15 going back & forth & an occasional explosion. But turns out it wasn't an AR-15 the brothers had but an M-4, which is just really the upgraded military version of the M-16. Not an inexpensive rifle, according to armslist the Bushmaster variant is in the $1200 to $1700 price range (private party, non FFL sellers so potential mass murder spree & wannabe terrorist killers wouldn't be asked any background check questions): I thought it sounded like those guys were loaded for bear the night of that shootout. Nice surprise there weren't more Boston P.D. casualties considering the firepower they were up against that night. Luck was on Boston P.D.'s side that night/morning.
Apr 22, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
'Y'know bro, when we finally get a chance to stop and rest, we should go to a bar and have a drink. Think I might have a Manhattan.'
Apr 22, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
They had 2 pistols and 1 carbine rifle. And a bb gun for whatever reason. Plus 5 pipe bombs. Hardly a huge weapons cache. And the guy just heard the word Manhattan in a foreign language convo. Maybe they thought they could hide amongst the millions of Manhattan. It's like that part in the movie Dictator where they're flying in the helicopter tour of NYC talking in arabic about wrecking a Porsche 911 and then mention Empire state building and the other tourists freak out and call the cops.