The New York City suspect identified as identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov the Uber driver who crashed into people on a lower Manhattan bike path killing 8 Tuesday, was allegedly was inspired by #ISIS videos he watched on his cellphone.
Six victims were pronounced dead at the scene and two more died in the hospital. Twelve were injured, including two students and two staff members on a school bus.
Two Americans were among the deceased; they were identified by police as Darren Drake, 32, of New Milford, New Jersey, and Nicholas Cleves, 23, of New York City.
According to WABC-TV, Cleves, from Boston, was an only child living with his mother in New York. He rode his bike all the time, WABC-TV said.
Five of the people killed have been identified as natives of Argentina, who were visiting New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. The five Argentines killed were identified as Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.
John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism of the NYPD, said:
“He did this in the name of ISIS, and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that, He appears to have followed almost exactly to a ‘T’ the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack.”
Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by a police officer and transported to a hospital for treatment. Saipov is believed to have worked alone.
A handwritten note in Arabic was recovered from the scene. It said, “No god but god and Mohamed is his prophet” and “Islamic supplication. It will endure.”
Saipov is believed to have began planning an attack against the U.S. a year ago.
Saipov was charged Wednesday with providing support to ISIS and violence and destruction of motor vehicles and is eligible for the death penalty.
Saipov was wheeled into court for his initial presentment before a judge on Wednesday evening. A plea was not entered