By: Neal Kisor, News Writer
Lower Manhattan was pitched into a realm of terror on October 31st as a truck barreled down a bike lane along West Street. The truck, in a one-mile rampage which was only ended due to the truck ramming a school bus, caused nineteen casualties. Of those, eight are now dead, and eleven injured. This attack was an act of terrorism, conducted and claimed by ISIL. The attack also follows a series of similar vehicular-based attacks. In fact, this attack is number fifteen in a list of attacks conducted by vehicles in Europe and North America, according to research group New America. Altogether, these attacks have killed 142 people in total.
The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, a Uzbekistani man who’s been living in America since 2010, has been brought into custody by NYPD. Saipov reportedly exited the truck he’d rented from Home Depot carrying fake firearms, a pellet gun and paintball gun respectively. After brandishing the two fake weapons the police shot Saipov in the abdomen. Saipov was brought to the hospital and was respondent. On November 1st Saipov was charged with providing material support for terrorism.
The dead include five Argentine tourists, who were celebrating a thirty-year graduation anniversary. They had supposedly planned the trip for years. A tourist from Belgium was also killed in the attack along with a thirty-two-year-old from New Jersey and a twenty-four-year-old from Manhattan. The attack additionally injured two children along with nine other adults.
New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, said, “This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror.” President Donald Trump was also quick to offer his condolences to the victims and promised them that their country was behind them.
The attack took place all but five days before the Sutherland Springs Church shooting in Texas, and marks a deadly beginning to November for America. More and more people are beginning to ask for an end. Fresno, Charlottesville, Las Vegas, New York City, Sutherland Springs. These events have impacted the lives of thousands, and may very well inspire action from America. The memory of the dead and injured will not fade into irrelevance.