New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami is reported intubated and unconscious Wednesday at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where he was taken following a shootout with police.
Rahami has been charged with Saturday’s bombing in the Chelsea section of Manhattan that left 31 people injured.
Newark FBI spokesman Bob Reilly said Rahami had undergone surgery and police have yet to interrogate him.
Rahami is suspected of placing an explosive device that detonated in a Dumpster as well as a pressure-cooker device several blocks away that failed to detonate. He also is expected to placing a pipe bomb in a garbage can along a race route in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Another bomb was found at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Investigators are looking for two men seen on surveillance video removing the unexploded pressure-cooker bomb from a piece of luggage. The FBI released a photo of the men, whom police described as witnesses, CNN reported.
"We're very much interested in speaking to them," New York Police Counterterrorism Bureau Chief James Waters said. "There are no criminal charges. They are not in jeopardy of being arrested."
Authorities said they still are unsure whether Rahami had help.
"As far as whether he's a lone actor, that's still the path we are following, but we are keeping all the options open," William Sweeney, the FBI's assistant director in New York, told reporters.
Reuters reported both government and pro-Taliban sources in Pakistan said there was no evidence Rahami had met with prominent Taliban or religious leaders when he was there.
Rahami’s wife, who is in the United Arab Emirates, met with investigators Wednesday.
David Patton, who is representing Rahami, Wednesday demanded his client make his first court appearance as soon as possible, even if it has to be made from a hospital bed.
"Mr. Rahami was arrested more than 48 hours ago. His bail in New Jersey was set without any appointment of counsel or court appearance. He still has not been provided counsel. He does not have a scheduled court appearance in New Jersey until next week," Patton said.
In a journal uncovered by police, Rahami reportedly praised al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born Muslim cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, as well as Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.