A minimum of eight folks have been killed and almost a dozen extra have been injured when a truck driver intentionally mowed down folks and focused a faculty bus in decrease Manhattan Tuesday in what authorities referred to as a “cowardly act of terror.”
A 29-year-old Uzbek nationwide who could have been dwelling in New Jersey, Sayfullo Saipov, drove a Residence Depot rental pickup truck a minimum of 10 blocks down the favored West Aspect Freeway bike path from West Houston to Chambers streets, hitting almost a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists earlier than crashing into a faculty bus close to Stuyvesant Excessive College and elementary college P.S. 89, only a few blocks north of the World Commerce Middle, authorities stated.
The crash into the college bus seemed to be deliberate; witnesses informed police they noticed the driving force swerve the truck to focus on the bus, which was carrying kids. They stated the driving force then screamed “Allahu Akbar” within the truck, then emerged carrying what turned out to be two pretend weapons — a pellet gun and a paint gun — and began working round earlier than he was confronted by a close-by uniformed officer on patrol, who shot him within the stomach.
One witness informed Information four, “A man bought out with a biker jacket with a stripe, and began capturing up the place. All the youngsters have been within the courtyard at P.S. 89 and began working.”
One other girl standing at a bus cease close by stated she noticed kids and lecturers from P.S. 89 screaming and working again into the college round dismissal time.
“A person stated, ‘Run, run to your life,'” stated Margaret Yearwood.
The witness who noticed the truck driver emerge from the pickup went to go assist the college bus driver after the crash.
“I wasn’t positive why he was so spaced out after which I went to the opposite facet, it was all caved on. A poor woman was caught proper above the wheel effectively. There have been two youngsters that have been simply caught by the window. It was all blown out,” he stated.
Two adults and two kids on the bus have been injured, police stated. Colleges chancellor Carmen Fariña stated one of many college students is in important situation.
One other witness described a grotesque scene alongside the bike path; amid the heaps of twisted steel and mangled bikes, he noticed two victims laying unconscious on the bottom: “One gentleman’s leg was hanging by pores and skin. One other man had tire marks throughout his chest. His eyes have been open.”
Six of the victims have been pronounced lifeless on the scene, in accordance with FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro. They have been all male. Two different victims have been pronounced lifeless at native hospitals.
Eleven extra folks have been taken to hospitals with severe however non-life threatening accidents. Saipov was additionally taken to Bellevue Hospital after he was shot by police.
Sources initially stated they have been responding to a report of a minimum of 5 folks shot amid experiences of individuals within the space listening to gunshots; in actual fact, all of the victims within the case appeared to have been injured or killed from the truck crash.
“There was a lack of harmless life,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill stated at a information briefing Tuesday night. “The lifeless and injured have been simply going about their days, heading dwelling from work or from college, or having fun with the afternoon solar on their bicycles. This can be a tragedy of the best magnitude.”
Mayor de Blasio condemned the “significantly cowardly act of terror geared toward harmless civilians” and stated it could not break the town’s spirit. He urged New Yorkers to be extra vigilant, and stated police presence can be stepped up throughout the town, including, “New Yorkers are resilient; our spirit won’t ever be moved.”
To that finish, the NYPD stated the famed Village Halloween Parade will proceed Tuesday night, although with extra cops and sources, together with blocker automobiles, sand vehicles and weapons groups.
Stuyvesant Excessive College, P.S. 89 and P.S. 289 have been placed on lockdown within the chaos and confusion after the crash. Stuyvesant Excessive College sophomore Areyan Kayum stated he was in school when he heard the crash; college students rushed to the window and noticed the destroyed college bus beneath. The college was instantly put into shelter mode.
“I am simply glad I am protected and everybody within the college is protected,” stated Kayum.
Dad and mom have been seen selecting up their kids from the elementary colleges after the lockdown was lifted; lots of the youngsters have been in Halloween costume and make-up.
Colleges chancellor Carmen Fariña stated, “At present there was an act of terror in shut proximity to a number of colleges in decrease Manhattan. We stand with the whole metropolis as we mourn this mindless lack of life. We’re grateful to the primary responders and faculty workers who work tirelessly to assist hold our colleges and communities protected. Ongoing steering and trauma counselors will likely be offered throughout colleges to these in want tomorrow.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated there was no proof to recommend the “lone wolf” assault was a part of a wider plot. A U.S. counterterrorism official informed NBC Information that the intelligence neighborhood is unaware of any claims of accountability within the assault right now.
On Twitter, President Donald Trump referred to as it “one other assault by a really sick and deranged individual” and declared, “NOT IN THE U.S.A.”
In NYC, appears to be like like one other assault by a really sick and deranged individual. Regulation enforcement is following this carefully. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
Tuesday’s assault bears resemblance to a number of assaults the place a automobile was used as a weapon in recent times.
Autos have been weaponized in ISIS-inspired assaults as effectively: the fear group even referred to as on so-called lone wolf attackers to make use of their automobiles to kill folks in the event that they couldn’t get their fingers on weapons in 2014. Two years later, an attacker plowed a cargo truck into a whole bunch of individuals celebrating Bastille Day on a beachfront promenade in Good, France, in 2016, leaving 86 folks lifeless. Since then, there have been at 11 different situations the place attackers used automobiles to kill dozens and injure many extra.
And earlier this 12 months, a Bronx man jumped a curb in Instances Sq. and hit almost two dozen folks as he drove on the sidewalks — allegedly intoxicated by PCP — for 3 blocks.
— Jane (@ohwelljane) October 31, 2017
— John Ryu (@john_ryu) October 31, 2017
Police setting a fringe now. pic.twitter.com/Xs3roNBcAC
— John Ryu (@john_ryu) October 31, 2017
Police incident on west facet of chambers avenue after collection of rattling POPS. Hope all are protected. pic.twitter.com/C0mZYU7l1D
— invoice tsapalas (@btsapalas) October 31, 2017
College students have been dismissed from class after a capturing – some college students stated the capturing was exterior the college pic.twitter.com/eIKlDSLQVB
— Madison Mills (@MadisonMills22) October 31, 2017
As soon as I bought far sufficient away I took this video of the fast response from our wonderful NYPD and NYFD pic.twitter.com/v0nwJiqmDw
— josh goblin 👹 (@joshgroban) October 31, 2017