just blocks away from the World Trade Center Tuesday afternoon. Mangled bicycles littered the street as medics rushed to the victims.
Six victims were killed instantly. Two others died later. And 11 are trying to recover as authorities try to figure out what led to the attack.
"This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, according to two law enforcement sources. The Uzbekistan native allegedly drove a rented pickup truck onto a busy bike path, crashed the truck into a school bus, then stepped outside brandishing imitation firearms.
Here are the latest developments in the attack:
- Authorities conducted search warrants overnight at Saipov's home in New Jersey.
- Saipov had been an Uber driver in New Jersey for over six months, the company told CNN. Uber is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
- The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said in an open letter published Wednesday that his country will use all "means necessary" to help the investigation. The suspect came to the US from the central Asian nation in 2010.
- The New York police officer who shot and apprehended Saipov has been identified as 28-year-old Ryan Nash, a law enforcement source told CNN.
- Authorities found a note near the truck used in the attack claiming the action was taken in the name of ISIS , a senior law enforcement official said.