The man accused of killing eight people by racing a pickup truck down a New York City bike path on Tuesday may have worked as a driver and lived in New Jersey after emigrating from Uzbekistan seven years ago, Reuters reported.
The driver plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer in what officials are calling the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.
Reuters reported that few details about the 29-year-old suspect have emerged and police have not yet identified the man but that a source familiar with the investigation identified him as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who was not a US citizen and had emigrated from Uzbekistan.
The suspect was shot by a police officer while attempting to flee minutes after the attack and is currently in hospital being treated for an abdominal wound.
Reuters reported that authorities believe the attack was a “terrorist event”.
According to CNN and other media outlets, the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” after leaping from his truck, which had crashed into a school bus as he tried to flee from the carnage.
He also reportedly left behind a note claiming he carried out the deadly assault in the name of Daesh, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reported officials had become aware of Saipov while conducting an unrelated investigation but they gave no further details.
US President Donald Trump meanwhile condemned the incident and immediately ordered the Extreme Vetting Program on foreigners entering the country to be stepped up.
Via Twitter he said: "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 went on to say: "We must not allow ISIS [Islamic State] to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!"