Gov. Patrick says suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘serious but stable,’ unable to talk
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told reporters the suspected Boston Marathon bomber captured Friday night was in “serious but stable” condition in an impromptu interview outside Fenway Park on Saturday.
“I think not ... able to communicate yet,” Patrick said of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, found hiding inside a covered boat in a Watertown backyard Friday night after a house-to-house manhunt across 20 nearby blocks of the Boston suburb.
The other alleged bomber, Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a shootout with police early Friday morning as the brothers fled Cambridge after allegedly shooting and killing an MIT police officer and carjacking a driver, whom they released unharmed, authorities said.
Patrick would not comment on theories law enforcement officers may have regarding the brothers’ intentions for additional explosive devices found during the investigation.
“I, and I think all of the law enforcement professionals, are hoping for a host of reasons that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered,” Patrick said. “There are parts of the investigation, in terms of information and evidence, that still needs to be run to ground.”
Patrick said the investigation would continue and prosecutors would assemble a case against Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen born in the former Soviet territory now known as Kyrgyzstan who moved with his family to Cambridge’s Inman Square neighborhood nearly a decade ago.
“And of course, there are lives to be repaired and rebuilt,” the governor said in an apparent reference to the more than 170 people hurt in the two explosions that occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon around 2:5o p.m. Monday.
“There’s a lot yet to come,” he said.
Patrick praised the law enforcement officers, civic leaders, and average citizens who had come together in aiding the investigation and supporting those hurt and the families of those killed.
“There isn’t a single challenge that we face in this community or in this country ... that can’t be surmounted by a renewed sense of community,” he said. “And that really came through; this notion that we have a stake in each other really came to the surface.”Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.