On Tuesday, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov used a truck to kill eight people and injuring at least 13 in a horrific act of terror.
According to the Daily Mail, some notes in his car reveal the man’s allegiance and inspiration for the attack. Found in both English and Arabic were the words “ISIS lives forever” and other such pledges.
Saipov is said to have immigrated legally to the US in 2010 from Uzbekistan. He presently has addresses in Florida, Ohio and New Jersey. For work, he owned a truck sharing company in the past and drove for Uber the last six months. Both companies are cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
Witnesses say he drove a rented Home Depot truck onto a bike path, plowing into pedestrians. He then drove down 17 blocks of city streets before coming to a stop only when he crashed into a school bus.
Fleeing the scene with what was later revealed to be a pellet gun and a paint gun, he was wounded when officers shot him in the stomach. Currently, he is in custody in the hospital while being treated for his injuries.
Officers hoping to gain answers for the horrific act searched the rented truck and found the notes pledging his allegiance to ISIS along with a number of ISIS flags.
In an interview with reporters, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that Saipov was radicalized by ISIS. “He is a depraved coward is what he is. He is associated with ISIS and he was radicalized domestically. He is a depraved coward.”
President Trump initially responded to the attack on Twitter saying, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”
He later offered his condolences to the victims of the attack saying on Twitter,“My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!”
First Lady Melania Trump similarly responded on Twitter with her condolences, “My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.”
Despite the horrific tragedy that left eight dead and many wounded, New Yorkers took to the streets in large crowds to attend various Halloween parties and the annual Halloween parade up 6th Avenue. Barricades and heavy cars lined the street for the parade to offer protection in the event of another terrorist attack.
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Cuomo also attended the parade, saying they were there to show that New York would stand tall. In a statement, Mayor De Blasio said, “We know this action was intended to break our spirit. But we also know New Yorkers are strong, resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence or an act meant to intimidate us.”
Does this note indicate more danger is on the way?
This horrendous act of terror by an ISIS sympathizer shows that even though the organization is suffering massive losses in the Middle East, they are still a threat globally. Perhaps soon experts will address how to combat the lingering remnants of a dying organization that seeks to do harm in the US and other countries around the world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and their families.