Faisal Shahzad gave the impression of a quiet family man, raising two small children with his wife in Shelton, Conn. and telling neighbors he worked on Wall Street.
Shahzad owns a home in Shelton, that according to court documents obtained by Channel 3, was in the process of being foreclosed on. Shahzad had been residing at a Bridgeport location, police said.
FBI agents were searching that Bridgeport home Tuesday morning.
“We are here carrying a court authorized search warrant,” Kim Mertz of the FBI said.
Throughout the night, residents of Sheriden Avenue in Bridgeport said FBI agents went in and out of a multi-family home. A bomb squad was also seen on the street.
“I don’t believe they found any explosive material,” said neighbor Ted Fiorito. “I did see plastic bags carried out.
Shahzad, along with his wife and children, a boy and a girl, lived for about three years in a two-story Colonial-style three-bedroom home in Shelton, Conn., former neighbors said.
Neighbors offered diverging descriptions of Shahzad but agreed that he kept to himself. One, Brenda Thurman, said Shahzad had told her husband he worked on Wall Street, while another neighbor, Audrey Sokol, said she thought he worked in nearby Norwalk.
“He was a little bit strange,” she said. “He didn’t like to come out during the day.”
Officials said Shahzad purchased the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder from a Bridgeport woman about three weeks ago. CNN reported that SUV was posted for $1,800 on Craigslist and that the transaction took place at a Connecticut mall.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the car contained three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components. He said a black metal box resembling a gun locker was also recovered with more than 100 pounds of fertilizer that was not capable of exploding.
Despite becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen on April 17, 2009, Shahzad spent much of the past year outside of the country, mostly in Pakistan where his wife, Huma Mian, is currently living. Details of his activities abroad remain unclear, but a picture of his life in American began to emerge Tuesday.