The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalised under heavy guard as people across the area breathed easier and investigators tried to piece together the motive for the deadly plot.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was reported in serious condition and unable to be interrogated the morning after he was pulled, wounded and bloody, from a boat parked in the backyard of a home in Watertown, Massachusetts.
The capture came at the end of a tense day that began with his older brother, Tamerlan, dying in a desperate getaway attempt.
President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the Boston bombings, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers – ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the US for about a decade and lived in the Boston area – had help from others.
“When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right,” Obama said.
“That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment – not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people.”
However, Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau told CNN the early indications were that the brothers did act alone.
That appears to be the case. In fact it seems the (deceased) older brother probably put his younger brother up to it.
It is still a very distressing case. The two killers were relatively well integrated it seems, but the older brother appears to have become a radical Islamist. Hopefully we may learn from the surviving brother if there was a specific trigger that led to this.