NYC Chelsea Explosion Suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, in Custody After Shootout with Police – Latest NEWS UPDATES; VIDEO Moment of Blast in New York City
UPDATE - Sept. 1, 2016 - 12:07 p.m. ET: The suspect in connection with the Chelsea, NYC Bombing, Ahmad Khan Rahami, is in police custody. He was arrested after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Two officers were reportedly shot in the shootout, one in the hand and the other on the vest.
UPDATE - Sept. 1, 2016 - 8:15 a.m. ET: The suspect in connection with Chelsea, NYC Bombing. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28 years-old, is the suspect. A resident of New Jersey and naturalized United States citizen from Afghanistan descent, he is wanted for questioning. He could be armed and dangerous according to Mayor Bill de Blasio who was interviewed by CNN earlier today. Earlier Sunday, the New York, Andrew Governor mentioned that the act was considered a "terrorist" act but the connections it had with international terrorism were still inconclusive. Here is a picture and tweet of Governor Cuomo:
Ahmad Khan Rahami is wanted in connection with Chelsea, NYC bombing. Please call 1-800-577-TIPS or 1-800-GIVE-TIP. pic.twitter.com/iBZ6t78T6d
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 19, 2016
UPDATE - Sept. 18, 2016 - 1:17 a.m. ET: Officials have found a second device, a pressure cooker, near the site of the explosion in Chelsea. The device is described to have a wire coming out from the top put in place by duct tape. Authorities are now trying determine the contents of the device.
#NYCExplosion map pic.twitter.com/yWvQ8eCk8i — Martine Paris (@contentnow) September 18, 2016
UPDATE - Sept. 18, 2016 - 12:25 a.m. ET: Unconfirmed video footage of the explosion appears to have surfaced on social media according to a post on twitter. Latin Post, however, cannot confirm the validity of the video. Watch below:
Here it is again but with a better resolution. The video alleges to show the moment the explosion went off in Chelsea, Manhattan (New York City).
VIDEO: Video alleges to show the moment of the #NYCExplosion pic.twitter.com/g10Dljo1c0 — Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 18, 2016
This from the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio:
Investigation is ongoing. Though we believe this was an intentional act, there is no credible terror threat against NYC at this moment. — Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 18, 2016
This video appears to show site of the blast just the moments after the explosion.
HUGE explosion confirmed from possible IED, & a second IED has been found so far. At least 14 hurt#NYCExplosion pic.twitter.com/63QeMmWmpy — Handcuff Hillary (@russellwiley) September 18, 2016
29 injuries were reported after an explosion rattled Manhattan in New York City on Saturday night, Sept. 17, 2016 at approximately 8:30 p.m. The blast took place in the neighborhood of Chelsea in midtown on 23rd Street and 6th ave. According to law enforcement, the blast may have taken place within a dumpster.
In a press announcement around 11:20 p.m. ET, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that early indications were that this was an intentional act. He also added the following statement regarding the safety of all New Yorkers and people in the city:
"There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection and credible and specific threat to the city."
Blast Outside on Street and Surveillance Video Being Gathered
Alongside Mayor de Blasio was James O'Neil, NYPD commissioner, who shared additional details on the preliminary and ongoing investigation. O'Neil mentioned that the explosion took place outside on the street and that the cause of the explosion was unknown at the time.
He also mentioned that surveillance video from the surroundings was being gathered and that they couldn't confirm more details at the time but would do so after more investigations were conducted.
Authorities have ruled out that the blast was related to a gas leak and are reporting that none of the injuries sustained by the victims are life-threatening.
More updates to follow in this developing story.