UPDATE: Officials update timeline of New York truck attack; President reacts to immigration program
Authorities are learning more information behind a fatal truck attack and the suspect who killed eight people and injured over 12 people, in a bike path, in New York. The suspect, who apparently came to the U.S in 2010, is in custody.
On Wednesday, New York officials update the timeline of the fatal truck attack that happened in a bike path, in New York City. According to officials on Tuesday, just after 2:00 PM, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, of Tampa, Florida, rented a Home Depot truck, in Passaic, New Jersey. Around 3:00 PM, authorities say Saipov drove the truck into a bike lane with bike riders and pedestrians and hitting a school bus, in the area near West Street and Chambers Street. Investigators say that six people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two of 14 , who were admitted to a hospital, were later pronounced dead. Eight people apparently died as a result of the incident and over 12 were injured.
Law enforcement reports that a paint ball gun, a pellet gun, and multiple knives were located at the scene. Investigators are calling the incident a terrorist attack. Saipov was apparently shot at the scene and taken to an area hospital where he is expected to survive. Officials say the suspect is believed to have been staying in New Jersey. According to officials, Saipov is a permanent resident who came to the United states from Uzbekistan in March 2010. ABC News reports that the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that "the individual identified in the New York City terror attack was admitted to the U.S. upon presentation of a passport with a valid diversity immigrant visa to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2010."
Following the incident President Trump tweeted, on Wednesday, " The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based." According to ABC News, the President spoke about his intention to end the diversity lottery program saying " I'm going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program."
In a press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the President tweets were inaccurate and not helpful.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says "We support vetting of individuals…not of groups of people" based on religion or country of origin, according to ABC News.
The incident remains under investigation by New York authorities and federal law enforcement.