At 2:50 p.m. Monday, bells across Boston will chime to mark a tragedy that unhinged the city.
As the country pauses to reflect on the Boston Marathon attacks exactly one week ago, the lone surviving suspect remains hospitalized with a tube down his throat, unable to verbalize what went through his mind the day a pair of bombs killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.
While authorities say Bostonians can rest easier now that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody, a nagging question hinders any complete sense of security: Why would the assailants want to kill and maim throngs of innocent civilians?In the tumultuous days since the bombings, Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan killed a university police officer, led authorities on a harrowing chase and hurled explosives at police, authorities said.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after an epic gun battle with officers in which more than 200 rounds were exchanged. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found less than a day later, hiding in a boat and bleeding in a Watertown man’s backyard.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said he believed the brothers were planning another attack before the shootout with police disrupted their plans.
“We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at the scene — the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower — that they were going to attack other individuals,” Davis said Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
He did not say whether investigators had identified a specific target.
Authorities believe the brothers bought bomb components locally but their guns came from elsewhere, another federal law enforcement official said. The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the case, said authorities are trying to trace the guns.
Investigators are also trying to determine whether anyone else was behind the bombings.
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