The man who drove a rented Home Depot truck straight down a bike path in downtown Manhattan, killing 8 people and injuring almost a dozen more, has been identified.
According to New York Police authorities, the “lone wolf” attacker is Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old man from Tampa, Florida, who came to the United States on a green card in 2010 from Uzbekistan. He has reportedly worked as an Uber driver.
At a press conference Tuesday evening, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the incident appeared to have no apparent link to a wider terrorist plot, despite the fact that ISIS has repeatedly called for lone wolf attacks in recent propaganda.
Saipov drove the Home Depot truck straight down the bike path for several blocks, leaving a horrific trail of mangled bicycles and bodies in his path.
Six people died at the scene, and two others died at the hospital. At least 11 others had serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
The attacker was shot by police and is being treated at a hospital for his injuries, under heavy security.
The Daily Wire reported additional details on the suspect:
According to local media in New Jersey, Saipov has had only two run-ins with police in the tri-state area – a couple of traffic stops in Mount Holly Springs Borough, Pennsylvania, and Palmyra, Pennsylvania, in 2015 and 2012, respectively. Both times, Saipov gave police a Paterson, New Jersey, address. His most recent official address, however, is in Tampa, Florida. Saipov’s religious affiliation is unconfirmed, though Uzbekistan is around 96 percent Muslim.
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This was a cowardly act of terror. It was intended to break our spirit. But New Yorkers are resilient. We will be undeterred.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 31, 2017
NYC Mayor de Blasio, NY Governor Cuomo and NYC police officials held a press conference. Cuomo declared that New York is an international symbol of freedom and democracy, and “that makes us a target of those people who oppose those concepts.”
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