Photo courtesy of Instagram user @anvar_latipov.
People from all over New York gathered to mourn the victims of the attack on Oct. 31.
A terrorist attack in New York City left eight people dead and multiple injured on Oct. 31.
In what is being considered the city’s deadliest attack since 9/11, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians, striking civilians biking and walking on the path. The 29-year-old assailant then jumped out of the truck and began waving paintball and pellet guns at civilians.
Police pursued Saipov until they were able to shoot him in the stomach. He remains in critical condition.
The attack is being cited as an act of ISIS, with a letter found in the truck crediting the terror group.
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press conference. “It’s been a very painful day for our city.”
The attack in New York comes just a month after the deadliest mass shooting terrorist attack in Las Vegas, where over 50 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Students are increasingly becoming more aware of attacks, and concerns are only growing as well.
“There’s been so many terrorist attacks within the past few months, it’s very disheartening to hear about this one,” said senior biology major Jackie Balog. “New York is a place that prides itself on being inclusive, and this attack is basically an attack on that.”
The university website features prevention and safety tips if such an attack was to happen on campus. For more information, please visit www.lewisu.edu/emergencyplanning/index.htm.