Truck Driver Kills Eight in Lower Manhattan Terrorist Attack

Records revealed that Saipov had lived for a time in Paterson, New Jersey. The weapons investigators recovered turned out to be a pellet gun and a paintball gun.

O’Neill also did not immediately identify the officer who shot Saipov. “I want to commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began,” he said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the attack appeared to be the work of a “lone wolf.”

“There’s no evidence to suggest a wider plot,” he said.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force joined the investigation.


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Argentina’s foreign affairs minister said five of the victims were Argentine. The official identified them in a statement as Hernán Mendoza, Diego Angelini, Alejandro Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruch. Belgium’s foreign affairs ministry said one of the victims was a national of that country.

Kobiljon Matkarov, a friend of the suspect’s who said he met Saipov five years ago, when they both lived in Florida, told NBC News that “he is no terrorist.”

“He was a very happy guy,” said Matkarov, who added that Saipov was married with kids and worked as a truck driver. “He liked the U.S.”

The attack began unfolding at 3:05 p.m. when the southbound truck veered onto a bike path on West Street near Houston Street.

“He entered the bike path at Houston Street and exited the bike path when he collided with the bus at Chambers Street,” O’Neill said.

Two adults and two children were in the bus, the commissioner said.

“You could see cyclists and pedestrians badly injured,” said MSNBC correspondent and producer Louis Burgdorf, who was outside a building where Canal Street meets the West Side Highway, which is north of Chambers and the highway.

A witness, Tawhid Kabir Xisan, 20, said he saw a man running in the street carrying what appeared to be two guns near Chambers Street.


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“He was just running around in the middle of the street,” said Xisan, a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College nearby. “I heard five to six gunshots, and then when the gunshots were happening, I didn’t see what happened on the road because I was scared.”

When he looked up again, Xisan said, “I saw the guy that had the two guns on the ground. Three or four officers were holding him down.”

Initially, the incident was reported as a shooting near Chambers Street and the West Side Highway, which is near Public School 89.

Image: New York attack scene

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