Bombings suspect in custody after shootout with police

LINDEN, N.J. -- Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in bombings in New York and New Jersey, was taken into custody after a shootout with police on Monday morning.

The shootout happened in Linden, N.J., a local and federal law enforcement official said. Rahami was taken to an ambulance in a stretcher with his right shoulder bloodied and bandaged.

Two officers were hit during the shootout, said Chris Bollwage, the mayor of the nearby city of Elizabeth. One officer's vest was struck and the other was shot in the hand.

Rahami is in surgery after the shootout, Union County acting prosecutor Grace Park said Monday.

Police found Rahami outside a local bar, Park said. She said none of the wounded officers was seriously injured.

Rahami was wanted for questioning in connection with bombings in New York and Seaside Park, N.J. He also is believed to be connected to the pipe bombs found in a backpack Sunday night in Elizabeth, N.J.

Rahami has been added to key terror watch lists to prevent him from trying to leave the country.

Investigators first identified Rahami on Sunday afternoon, a senior law enforcement official said. They were able to identify him through a fingerprint, the official said.

The cellphone on the pressure cooker device found at the 27th Street location in Manhattan also provided some clues, the official added.

"We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror," New York  Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the bombing Saturday night in the Chelsea neighborhood.