On Tuesday, October 31, a terrorist attack took place in New York City. A 29-year-old was driving a Home Depot truck when he intentionally rammed into pedestrians, bicyclists, and a school bus.
So far, at least eight people have died as a result of the attack, and up to a dozen others were seriously injured, the attacker included. The attack is being reported as a terrorist attack, based on the fact that it was similar to other acts of terrorism and because the suspect yelled "allahu akbar" after running out of the vehicle.
Now, more information is emerging about the suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. The man is from Uzbekistan and reportedly moved to the United States in 2010 under the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program."
Saipov has lived in Florida and Ohio and most recently made his home in New Jersey. There, he was an Uber driver for the past six months. According to the company, no rider complaints had been issued about Saipov and he had initially passed the company's background check.
An Uber spokesman said, "We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance."
Saipov was married in 2013 to another person from Uzbekistan, Nozima Odilova. Saipov was 25 at the time and his wife was 19. The couple now has three children. Other than a few minor traffic citations, nothing else about Saipov's life has been released.
Police did, however, reveal that a note linking Saipov to ISIS was discovered near his truck after the incident. The note, written by Saipov, indicated that the suspect expected to be killed during the attack.
CBS News' justice and homeland security correspondent, Jeff Pegues, said that this looks like a classic terrorist incident.
He said, "On its face, this of course has the hallmarks of a type of attack ISIS and al Qaeda have called and that cities all across the globe have tried to guard against. What will likely help police in this investigation is that the suspect survived ... but that is if the suspect cooperates."
Investigators are still looking to solidify their theories on the suspect's motivation and inspiration. They will be searching Saipov's electronic devices as part of the investigation while he recovers from injury.
Please continue praying for the family and friends of victims who lost a loved one in this senseless attack. Early Wednesday morning, President Trump issued a strong warning and solution about the attack.