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Authorities are investigating the lethal truck assault that killed eight individuals on a motorcycle path in Manhattan on Tuesday, turning consideration to the driving force’s background and motivations and reportedly analyzing a word left within the truck on the scene of the assault.
After putting pedestrians and bicyclists on the riverfront path, the truck crashed into a faculty bus. Eleven individuals have been wounded within the assault, together with college students on the bus.
After crashing his truck, the driving force emerged holding “imitation firearms” and was shot by police, in response to authorities.
Five Argentine guests to New York, pals celebrating the 30th anniversary of their commencement, have been among the many lifeless. A Belgian vacationer was additionally killed, in line with Belgian officers.
The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, was shot within the abdomen and brought into custody; he is at present hospitalized and receiving medical remedy, NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reviews.
Leslie Danoff, who lives close to the location of the assault and will see our bodies on the bottom from her window, advised NPR she was grateful that first responders have been on the scene shortly.
“We have so many schools around this area,” she stated. “And it was shortly after 3 [p.m.]. It could have been worse if the police hadn’t responded as quickly as they did.”
Saipov, 29, was an immigrant from Uzbekistan who had lived in Florida, Ohio and New Jersey and labored as a business truck driver and an Uber driver, Hansi Lo Wang stories. An official in Brooklyn tells NPR that Saipov was a inexperienced card holder.
Uber confirms that Saipov handed their background examine, and says they haven’t recognized any safety considerations from his time as an Uber driver. “We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance,” a spokesperson informed NPR.
Authorities say Saipov carried out the assault with a car he rented from Home Depot.
The Associated Press reviews that investigators labored in a single day, shutting down a stretch of freeway in Manhattan and in addition specializing in “a New Jersey home and a van in a parking lot at a New Jersey Home Depot store.”
“Authorities were scrutinizing a note found inside the attacker’s rented truck, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity,” the AP writes. “The note … was handwritten in a foreign language, according to one of the two law enforcement officials … Both said its contents were being investigated but supported the belief the act was terrorism.”
Meanwhile, the city’s residents look like following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recommendation to “be New Yorkers and live your life.” Officials stated there was no signal of a bigger plot, and with that, the city’s Halloween festivities continued as planned.
NYers are resilient and will not be deterred. Great to see giant crowd at annual Halloween parade in Village. Thx for displaying world who we’re. pic.twitter.com/rl3gC0wXfl
— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) November 1, 2017
Saipov, 29, moved to the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan, a former Soviet state in Central Asia.
Acquaintances described him to The New York Times, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The New York Post as quiet, hardworking and pleasant, and expressed shock over the assault. “He did not seem like a terrorist,” one fellow Uzbek immigrant informed the Times. “He was really calm,” one other advised the Enquirer. “He is [a] very good guy,” a pal advised the Post, which described the person as shocked to listen to concerning the assault.
On Wednesday, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev despatched a condolence letter to President Trump and volunteered his nation’s assets to help with the investigation, in response to a number of wire reviews.
The remark was notable, the AP studies, calling Uzbekistan “one of the most closed off post-Soviet republics” and reporting that prior to now, the nation “officially never commented or acknowledged any security incidents abroad involving Uzbek nationals.”
On Tuesday, after the assault, President Trump tweeted that he ordered Homeland Security to “step up our already Extreme Vetting Program”
Dan Byman, of Georgetown University and the Brookings Institution, tells NPR that the administration’s presently proposed modifications to the immigration system — so-referred to as “extreme vetting” — would “probably not” have prevented this assault.
Saipov “came from an area that wasn’t on the list of top countries of concern,” Byman says.
“The proposals don’t call for constant monitoring once someone is in the country,” he says. “It seems like this individual became much more radical relatively recently. So the ideas on the table don’t seem particularly relevant to this attack.”
Trump tweeted extra criticism of the immigration system on Wednesday morning, stating that the suspect entered via the “diversity visa” program, which gives a lottery for nations with traditionally low charges of immigration to the U.S.
The terrorist got here into our nation by means of what known as the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer magnificence. I would like benefit based mostly.
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
One media outlet reported final night time that Saipov had a “diversity visa,” which NPR has not confirmed.
The Washington Post reports that the connection between Schumer, the inexperienced card lottery program and Saipov was extensively reported on proper-wing media. The Post notes that this system has been debated for years, with opponents elevating considerations over nationwide safety dangers and the potential for fraud.