New details are emerging about the man suspected behind the terror attack in New York City yesterday. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, is suspected of killing eight people and injuring almost a dozen when he drove a rented pickup truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.
CNN reports that a note was found near the truck stating that the attack was made in the name of the terrorist group ISIS. "This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference, "aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them."
In a live news conference today, New York City authorities shared that the note appeared to be written in Arabic. He was said to have planned the attack for weeks and closely followed ISIS' instructions of causing acts of terror with vehicles.
NBCNewYork reports that Saipov is originally from Uzbekistan and was living in Paterson, New Jersey as a permanent resident. He came to the U.S. legally in 2010 and he has a wife and two children.
Saipov worked as both a commercial truck driver and Uber driver for six months. Uber has said that he has since been banned.
He does not appear to be the subject of any prior investigations. In April 2016, he missed a hearing on a misdemeanor for not having the right brakes on his vehicle. He pled guilty on November 2016 paid $200 in fines and court costs.
NYPD officer Ryan Nash was able to stop Saipov. He was in the area for another call and confronted the suspect, who wielded what appeared to be two weapons. Nash shot Saipov, who was taken to a hospital.
The investigation is ongoing.
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