Yesterday was Halloween, the build-up to what seemed to have been a month-long photo gallery of costume pics. While people were planning their evening festivities, a man by the name of Sayfullo Saipov conducted a deadly truck attack in New York City. Lower Manhattan became a hot-zone, just before the evening rush. The attack killed 8 people, injured 12 others, and is currently being called an act of terror. When the incident first happened, it was reported as a shooting. As details started to emerge, the horrific events started to piece together a timeline of exactly what happened.
A number of news sources are reporting that the suspect took his time and planned this attack for weeks. He rented a truck from a Home Depot in New Jersey and drove it to New York City. He crossed the GWB and made his way down the West Side Highway. He decided to drive onto a bike path, where people were walking and riding their bikes. He drove down the path for almost a mile after hitting a school bus that was in its way on or around Chambers Street. His targets were people walking on foot, riding their bikes, children coming from school, tourists taking in the sights…it was a horrible stream of events that took place yesterday.
There is no rhyme or reason for why these things happen. Whether the person/people involved are acting alone or as part of a group, this a cowardly act towards innocent people. There were immediate tags and claims being made as to who is responsible and the suspect seems to not have any remorse. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking actions of Officer Ryan Nash of the NYPD, there could have been plenty more bloodshed and lives lost.
The tone of the city, the country, and the world shifts every time something like this happens. New York City has been tested before however, we will not let this break our stride or spirit. We are strong, resilient, and ready to push through whatever is thrown our way. It is important that we remain alert and aware of our surroundings at all times. Being aware of the behaviors and actions of others is key to preventing things like this from happening. Keep your heads up, look out for yourself and for others as we move through these trying times. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this difficult time and we absolutely love our city, the City of New York.
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