Halloween turned actually terrifying for college students and oldsters Tuesday when a driver went on a lethal rampage in entrance of a number of decrease Manhattan faculties — proper because the afternoon bell rang.
Youngsters ran screaming down the sidewalk after the killer plowed his van into pedestrians after which emerged waving weapons and shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
“Two girls and a bunch of youngsters — possibly 10 youngsters — they’re working in the direction of me. I hear one ladies screaming, ‘Somebody has a gun!’” stated witness John Williams.
Frantic dad and mom feared the worst as they waited to select kids up from Independence Main Faculty.
“They received’t let me by I don’t know what to do,” stated Marissa Davis, 47, who was attempting to cross the West Road to get to her 9 and 12-year previous sons.
“That is loopy, I’ve by no means seen something like this earlier than! I simply need to get to my youngsters I don’t even care what occurred I have to know they’re OK,” she stated including: “we’re presupposed to go pumpkin carving later.”
Native Roberto Crivello, 54, was simply comfortable figuring out his 7 12 months previous daughter was secure inside.
“I used to be right here by 9/11, that is one thing else,” he stated.
College students from Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty and Borough of Manhattan Neighborhood Faculty made it out of sophistication in time to witness the carnage — our bodies laying lifeless within the bike lane and victims had been trapped inside a mangled college bus.
“I got here out of college and heard 5 or 6 gun photographs. Youngsters had been working and laughing — they thought it wasn’t severe. Then a lady stated, ‘No, that is severe, he actually has a gun,’” stated Bronx resident Giselle Rivera, 20.
“I noticed one man laying on the bottom, it appeared like he had been shot,” added scholar John Williams, 22, of Brooklyn.
Many college students stated they solely heard the gun photographs, however scholar Ali Ithazad, 20, stated he additionally witnessed the truck ramming into the bus.
“I noticed one automotive accident. You already know these Dwelling Depot vehicles? Like that. I used to be fairly nervous, I assumed there was a capturing. I heard once more six or seven, I don’t know what occurred,” stated the Brooklynite.