The man was a mystery to his community, at least until he attempted to become a terrorist. A Faisal Shahzad neighbor described the man arrested for the attempted Times Square bombing as “a little sketchy”, according to the AP. (video below the fold)

It doesn’t appear there was much socializing among Shahzad and his Bridgeport, Connecticut neighbors. They describe him with shrugging shoulders and not much information. Some believed he worked on Wall Street, others in Connecticut. He came and he went and he lived at that house over there and that’s all.

Meanwhile, he attempted to detonate a fireball in Times Square that could have caused massive injuries and casualties due to the bomb’s location – inside an SUV parked in one of the busiest areas in the country.

“It’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.

Faisal Shahzad reportedly lived in Shelton, Connecticut for about three years with his wife and two children. He worked at Affinion Group as a junior financial analyst from 2006 to 2009. And he earned two degrees while in the US, both from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut: a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 and a Masters in Business Administration.

In 2009, Shahzad became a U.S. Citizen, spending most of last year presumably visiting his wife in Pakistan. But his overseas activities aren’t clear. At some point, he found the time to train at a terrorist camp in Pakistan, Shahzad told authorities.

One law enforcement official said Shahzad told the FBI he trained in Pakistan. A second said the training was believed to be in the lawless tribal region of Waziristan, where the Pakistani Taliban operates with near impunity.

And then Shahzad attempted to kill a mass of innocent civilians with a rigged bomb and escape to Dubai and that’s when the mysterious neighbor wasn’t so mysterious anymore.

The Pakistani Taliban has taken credit for the attempted bombing, although Shahzad still contends he was alone and U.S. officials still say no evidence confirms the claim.

However, reports have surfaced that multiple suspects have been taken into custody in Pakistan. And a CBS News report said Pakistan officials have executed several raids since the bombing attempt and apprehended an unpublicized number of suspects.

That Faisal Shahzad neighbor had it right. Something is “a little sketchy”, like the details of all responsible in the Times Square bomb plot.