The NYPD just released the identity of a 29-year-old man who shockingly killed 8 people and injured at least a dozen by running them over with his pickup truck in lower Manhattan on Oct. 31.
The NYPD has officially identified 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov as the driver who took to lower Manhattan on Oct. 31 and ran over pedestrians leaving 8 dead and many others injured. The incident is currently being investigated as a terror attack, and sources told the New York Post that Sayfullo shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) after getting out of his vehicle. After Sayfullo ran over the pedestrians in a white van and allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar”, he exited with what appeared to be two hand guns before getting shot by police in the abdomen. He was then arrested and taken to the hospital.
The shocking incident left everyone in NYC shaken and many celebrities left condolences on social media. Singer Josh Groban, 36, happened to be right near the area walking his dog when the shooting started and he tweeted about his scary experience on Twitter. Luckily, he got out of the targeted spot just 10 minutes before the tragedy occurred. “Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F***,” Josh tweeted, before adding, “I hope everyone’s ok. Was half a block from me, didn’t see it but heard 8-10 quick rounds fired off. Be safe with your kids out there.”
Mayor de Blasio called the attack a “cowardly” act of terror during a press conference on Tuesday night, Oct. 31. Singer Sara Bareilles tweeted, “Horrible to have to text each other ‘are you ok?’ this often. My heart breaks for the victims of the accident and shooting in Manhattan. xo.”
HollywoodLifers, send your thoughts and well wishes to the victims of this terrible incident below.