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Police: Suspects told carjacking victim they bombed marathon


BOSTON (WKOW) -- Officials say the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is in serious but stable condition and likely can't communicate yet.

19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on Friday night after a nearly 24-hour manhunt in a neighborhood near Boston.

Police say a day earlier, Tsarnaev and his brother used a carjacking victim's ATM card before a gunfight with authorities.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau says the suspects also told the carjacking victim they bombed Monday's race and killed a police officer. A car chase and shootout ensued when a Watertown officer saw the two brothers in different cars and followed them. 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in that shootout with police Friday night.

A doctor who treated Tamerlan Tsarnaev says he had head to toe injuries when he arrived at the hospital. Dr. David Schoenfeld said the suspect had so many penetrating wounds that it isn't clear which ones killed him. The doctor says a medical examiner will have to determine the cause of death.

Schoenfeld says Tamerlan was in cardiac arrest and lost a pulse as soon as he arrived at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center following a shootout with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown early Friday. Doctors tried numerous treatments for about 15 minutes before pronouncing him dead.

We're learning more about the brothers' history, from family members. An uncle of the brothers says he had a falling-out with Tamerlan because of the man's increased commitment to Islam.

Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

Tsarni says their relationship ended after that call. Tsarni says he was relieved his younger nephew was captured alive so he could seek forgiveness from the bombing victims.

A foreign government told the FBI in early 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam. He and his brother were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade.

According to the FBI, the foreign government said that based on its information, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups.

The FBI says it interviewed Tsarnaev and relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity.

Two bombs exploded at the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon, killing three people. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed during Thursday night's manhunt. More than 180 people were injured in the explosions.

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