More lives have been taken in yesterday's tragic attack in Manhattan.
Yesterday afternoon shortly after 3:30PM a driver in a box truck drove the wrong way down a bicycle path, mowing down pedestrians in his sight. The New York Times reports that eight people were killed and eleven were injured. Police have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov.
The publication reports that after Sayfullo raged down the bike path, along the Hudson river, then crashed into a school bus and got out of the vehicle screaming “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great." Police then shot him, where he is now in custody.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared the events a terrorist attacking stating, "based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.” Authorities found handwritten notes in Arabic by his vehicle that indicated an allegiance to the Islamic State, but they have not uncovered any direct or enabling ties between Sayfullo and ISIS at this time.
Despite the investigator's reports on the suspect not being a part of ISIS, President Donald Trump believes otherwise in the number of tweets he sent out in condolence, stating that "We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!"
Donald tweets how the process for immigration needs to get "much tougher."
The New York Times reports that Sayfullo moved to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010 and had a green card that allowed permanent residency. Five of the victims killed were Argentine tourists visiting New York for a 30-year high school reunion, the publication reports.