NBC News: NYC Mayor Says Boston Bombing Suspects Intended Second Attack in Times Square

NBC News: NYC Mayor Says Boston Bombing Suspects Intended Second Attack in Times Square

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM CST

(NBC News) The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon attack has told investigators that he and his brother intended to detonate more of their arsenal — as many as six bombs — in Times Square, authorities in New York said Thursday.

According to the report from NBC News:

The suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, initially told investigators that the brothers planned to go to New York to party after the Boston attack, but said under subsequent questioning that the brothers discussed a follow-up attack in New York, authorities said.

Senior law enforcement officials cautioned to NBC News that the idea was undeveloped. One senior official described the plan as “aspirational at most.”

The brothers’ discussion appeared to be spontaneous and happened last Thursday night, after the brothers carjacked an SUV and before a shootout with suburban Boston police, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. At that time, they had one pressure-cooker bomb and five pipe bombs, he said.

The brothers’ plans were interrupted only because they realized the SUV was low on gas, Kelly said.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters that city officials were informed by the FBI of the turn in the investigation on Wednesday night. He said that the attackers would have encountered a heavy police presence in Times Square but that there was no guarantee that they would have been thwarted.

“We don’t know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists if they had arrived here from Boston,” he said. “We’re just thankful that we didn’t have to find out the answer.”

Read the entire report from NBC News HERE.