Bombing suspect condition serious; may be unable to speak

Posted at 6:44 PM, Apr 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-21 18:44:58-04

BOSTON (PIX11)- As police were closing in on the surviving Boston marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he may have tried to commit suicide rather than surrender.

A new report says the 19-year-old may have shoved a pistol in his own mouth and pulled the trigger as SWAT officer and federal agents were closing in on this boat that he was hiding in.

Instead of killing him, the bullet simply passed through his neck and that may be why authorities have been unable to question him.

Boston’s mayor says federal agents may never be able to interview the suspect because of the severity of the wounds, but he is hoping Tsarnaev is charged soon.

Also there is new information about the team of surgeons who tried desperately to keep 26-year-old Tamerlan Sarnayev alive after he was rushed to the hospital following the massive shootout with police. The lead doctor telling the Daily News that surgeons had no idea whose life they were trying to save, but that the patient had so many penetrating wounds from head to toe that it wasn’t clear which one killed him.

After 15 frantic minutes Tamerlan was pronounced dead.

It will be up to the medical examiner to determine the cause.

Massachusetts officials are saying that it does appear that the two brothers were acting alone, that they were plotting more bomb attacks in Boston and were caught just in time.