NEW YORK (ABC/AP) – Authorities say a man whom a law enforcement official says is regarded as the “main guy” behind explosions in New York City and New Jersey is undergoing surgery after a shootout with police.
Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said Ahmad Khan Rahami was shot in the leg. She says that two officers injured in the shootout have noncritical injuries.
A law enforcement official says they plan to look into whether any other associates had a role or knowledge. The official, who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Linden police Capt. James Sarnicki says one officer was shot in his bulletproof vest and another was grazed by a bullet that Rahami fired into his car.
Rahami was taken into custody this morning in New Jersey. Sources told ABC News, Rahami was taken into custody in Linden, New Jersey, about 4 miles south of Elizabeth.
He was captured after he was injured in an altercation with police. Shots were fired and at least one officer was shot, law enforcement sources said.
Rahami was taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear.
The mayor of Elizabeth told the Associated Press county authorities told him that the officers shot in Linden are expected to be OK.
Earlier today,an alert was sent out shortly before 8 a.m to be on the lookout for a man in connection with the Saturday night bombing in New York City.
The suspect was identified by authorities as 28-year-old Rahami.
Rahami is believed to be the man seen in surveillance video at both the scene of the explosion on Manhattan’s West 23th Street and the scene on West 27th Street where the unexploded device was found, a police source said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says investigators have no reason to believe that there are further threats, but the public should “be on constant guard.”
Cuomo was at Manhattan’s Penn Station to thank state troopers and National Guard members for their work protecting the public during and after the New York City and New Jersey shore town bombings.
Cuomo says he spoke to President Barack Obama on Monday. He says the president also expressed appreciation for the work of first responders.
Authorities are seeking a man for questioning in both bombings.
Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where the FBI executed a search warrant on Monday morning.
An explosion in Manhattan on Saturday injured 29 people. A pipe bomb also exploded Saturday in Seaside Park ahead of the race for Marines and sailors, but no one was injured.
The apartment search began after one of five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it. No one was injured.