New York City Terror Attack: What We Know Now
Eight people were killed and at least 11 were injured in what officials described as a terror attack
At 3:05 p.m., as throngs of people were beginning to make their daily commute home for Halloween night in Lower Manhattan, a man drove a Home Depot rental truck into pedestrians, killing eight and wounding at least 11.
The bike path was just blocks away from the World Trade Center memorial site, and officials have called the incident an act of terror.
Here’s what we know about the attack so far:
• Eight people were killed and at least 11 were injured when a truck plowed into pedestrians and then hit a school bus on a bike path Tuesday afternoon, very close to the World Trade Center memorial site.
• Six people, all males, died at the scene while two other victims were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries.
• Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders confirmed on Twitter that one of the dead was Belgian and three more were also injured and are currently in the operating room.
• Argentina’s foreign ministry confirmed five of the dead were friends from the city of Rosario in central Argentina. They were identified as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi. A sixth man from the group, Martin Ludovico Marro, survived and is in hospital.
• Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was an “act of terror.”
• The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, from Tampa, Florida. He drove a rented Home Depot truck and upon exiting, shouted, “Allahu Akbar.” He was non-fatally shot by police in the stomach and is currently in custody at the hospital.
• Despite earlier reports of an active shooter, the suspect only had a paintball gun and a pellet gun when he exited the truck.
• Saipov was an Uber driver and had passed the Uber background check, PEOPLE has confirmed.
An Uber Spokesman told PEOPLE that the company has contacted law enforcement and offered their assistance. “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance,” the spokesman said.
• Officials say there’s no evidence that the attack was part of a larger plot.
• The attack occurred at 3:05 p.m., when the driver headed south on West Side Street and entered a bike path at Houston Street.
• When the driver approached Chambers Street, the driver collided with a school bus. There were two adults and two students on the bus. Nobody on the bus was killed.