Feisal Shahzad the dubbed “Times Square Bomber” apparently had his targets set on both the World Financial Center and Ground Zero according to federal court documents released today.
However, after analyzing foot traffic patterns, Shahzad decided that an attack on Times Square would cause more damage. Although not his initial target, admitted several other NYC locations would be secondary targets including our neighborhood.
According to the federal court documents, “during the late afternoon of May 1, 2010, Shahzad drove his car, which was packed with the bomb he had built, from his residence inÂ Connecticut to Times Square and parked the car on 45th Street near Seventh Avenue. He thenÂ attempted to initiate the bomb detonation process inside the car by lighting a fuse, and afterÂ doing so, he got out of the car, armed with the semi-automatic rifle that he had brought with him,Â and walked to Grand Central terminal. While walking to Grand Central terminal, he listened forÂ the sound of the bomb exploding. Two days later, he was arrested at John F. Kennedy
International Airport while trying to the leave the United States on a commercial flight.”
Shahzad will receive a mandatory life Â sentence next week for his bomb attempt in Times Square on May 1. He has since plead guilty for the bomb attempt.