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!"
In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
Donald tweets how the process for immigration needs to get "much tougher."
We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter). @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
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.