A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians in the city’s first deadly “act of terror” since September 11, 2001.
Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial, on the West Side of Lower Manhattan, close to schools as children and their parents geared up to celebrate Halloween.
“This was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Law enforcement sources identified the perpetrator as Sayfullo Saipov, 29. He was arrested in Missouri on a traffic violation last year.
Map of Lower Manhattan in New York where several people were killed and numerous others injured when a suspect plowed into cyclists and pedestrians
The Uzbek citizen living in Tampa, Florida had recently been staying in New Jersey, where the truck was rented, reports said.
President Donald Trump denounced him as “very sick” and a “deranged person.”