Commissioner Kelly Calls Times Square Bomber "Homegrown" | NBC New York

Commissioner Kelly Calls Times Square Bomber "Homegrown"



    New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the suspected driver in a failed car bombing of Times Square fits the profile of a "homegrown" terrorist.

    NYPD officials said Tuesday that Faisal Shahzad was among a recent wave of suspects who have roots in middle-class America, but become radicalized by traveling to overseas terrorist hotbeds.

    The 30-year-old Shahzad is accused of driving a bomb-laden SUV into Times Square on May 1, causing a panic and clearing streets of thousands of tourists. The Pakistani-American was arrested two days later.

    Prosecutors say Shahzad claimed he received bomb-making training during a recent trip to Pakistan.

    Kelly told reporters after the briefing for private security executives that Shahzad is cooperating in the investigation.