He suspected to be responsible for both bombings this weekend. He was taken into custody after a shoot out. And your’ll never guess where he is from.
A man being sought in connection with an explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey and another blast in Chelsea is believed to have been taken into custody following a shootout, Linden police said.
Authorities Monday had been looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who was wanted in both incidents Saturday.
Linden police said they found Rahami after officers responded to a call of a man sleeping in a hallway of a local business.
When an officer approached the man, the man raised his head and that’s when the officer recognized him as Rahami, Capt. James Sarnicki with Linden police told CBS2.
“The suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer and striking him in the abdomen,” Sarnicki said. “The gentlemen got up and started walking down the street in a westerly direction. I’m told that he was randomly discharging his handgun and one of the officers was able to get close enough to him and return fire.”
Sarnicki said Rahami was shot several times. He said the suspect was still on the scene and that the FBI was responding.
The officer who was shot was wearing a protective vest and was not seriously hurt. Another officer may have been hurt in the hand, Sarnicki said.
The NYPD and the FBI first said Monday morning that Rahami was being sought in the Chelsea explosion that left 29 people hurt.
New Jersey State Police said later Monday, citing the FBI, that the bombing in Chelsea was connected to the Seaside Park blast that happened before a charity 5K race. No one was injured in that incident.
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New Jersey State Police also released additional photos of Rahami.
“We are going to get this guy, bring him to justice and we will keep New Yorkers safe,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a news conference Monday at Penn Station.
Early Monday, FBI agents swarmed an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant in Elizabeth that’s tied to Rahami.
The activity came hours after one of five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it.
Federal sources told CBS News that Rahami is believed to also be connected to the devices in Elizabeth as well as an unexploded pressure cooker device found near the Chelsea blast.
Saturday night’s blast on West 23rd and 7th Avenue injured 29 people and the unexploded device was found several blocks away on West 27th Street. Officials say surveillance video placed Rahami at both locations carrying some type of package.
Sources told CBS2 that the video along with finger prints on parts of the device helped authorities identify Rahami.