Eight people were killed and nearly a dozen more were injured when the driver of a truck deliberately targeted a school bus and other individuals in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov mowed down pedestrians in a flatbed truck on a popular lower Manhattan bike path, leaving a note in the vehicle claiming he committed the deadly truck attack for the Islamic State. NBC News reports, citing law enforcement sources.
The suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, worked as an Uber and commercial truck driver in Patterson, New Jersey.
He is considered at the moment as a “lone wolf” terrorist, as United States counterintelligence officials have said that no group has taken responsibility for the attack.
Sources close to the investigation said Saipov had rented the truck from a local Home Depot store and drove over the Washington Bridge, speeding down the greenway before intentionally plowing into a school bus for children near Stuyvesant High School, the Washington Post reports.
Saipov, who is a Uzbek national and also holds permanent residency status in the United States, then got out of the vehicle and shouted “Allahu Ackbar” before running down the street in traffic holding a pellet gun and paintball gun before being shot by a law enforcement officer. He is currently being treated at Bellevue Hospital.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that the attacker should receive the death penalty for his crimes.
“There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!” The President tweeted.
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)