Officials React to Manhattan Attack That Killed Several
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed the truck attack that killed eight people is a terrorist attack, and Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there was no indication of a wider plot.
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill called the incident “a tragedy of the widest magnitude.”
Mayor de Blasio called the attack a "cowardly act of terror" and said the city was enduring a "painful day.
Governor Cuomo said that the suspect is a “lone wolf” and that there is “no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme," despite the comments of a number of observers and analysts that the attack might have been the result of a concerted action on the part of a number of perpetrators.
Mr. Cuomo said that there will be more police “everywhere,” but said that it was not because there is any evidence there will be “any additional threat,” but said that they were being deployed “out of vigilance and out of caution," even as analysts have expressed the concern that the alleged perpetrator was acting with the assistance of other individuals and groups.
Commissioner O’Neil said that the 29-year-old suspect exited the vehicle “brandishing two handguns” and was shot by a nearby police officer in the abdomen. He said that a paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered at the scene.
When asked if the suspect said “Allah Akbar” when he exited the vehicle, O’Neil confirmed that he “did make a comment.”
Police have confirmed that the incident began just after 3:00pm, when the suspect drove onto the bike path at West Street Houston Street. While driving south, the truck hit a school bus near Chambers Street and the man exited holding two firearms.
An officer that was assigned to the area shot the suspect in the stomach and the police later recovered a paintball gun and pellet gun at the scene.
At about 5:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, at his Twitter account President Trump posted comments that included the words, "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.!"
An hour later, the president added, "We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!"
In an official statement from the White House, Trump praised law enforcement and emergency responders, saying, "These brave men and women embody the true American spirit of resilience and courage. I will continue to follow developments closely."