A beautiful fall day in New York City became something much different after a man in a rental truck turned onto a bike path – and purposefully left a path of carnage in his wake. Now, eight are dead and more than a dozen others are injured in a bloody attack that officials are calling an act of terrorism. The man later brandished a pellet gun and paintball gun before being shot by a police officer.
The suspect in custody has been identified as 29-year-old Uzbekistan immigrant Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who has been in the United States since 2010 – after entering the country on “diversity visa.” Details are still coming in about Saipov, but it’s been confirmed that he has addresses in Florida and New Jersey. Officials also say that he doesn’t have a criminal record to speak of – and that’s he’s worked as a truck driver and as an Uber driver.
At a press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack an “especially cowardly act,” while NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill called it a “tragedy of the greatest magnitude” and Governor Andrew Cuomo says the incident appears to be the work of a “lone wolf” and not part of a larger scheme.