November 1, 2017
Nine people remain hospitalized following the deadly terror attack in New York City on Tuesday.
Officials delivered an update on the on-going investigation into the attack.
Four people are currently listed in critical condition, while the rest are in serious condition.
The NYPD commissioner called the attack the worst terror strike against New Yorkers since 9/11.
Though there are no additional threat, Mayor Bill De Blasio says the city is heightening security in the wake of the attack.
The city is deploying bomb squads, sniper teams, and additional police forces around airports and train stations.
Investigators were still on the scene late Tuesday gathering evidence after the latest in a series of deadly terror attacks using vehicles.
The attacker Sayfulloh Saipov –a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan — drove his rented Home Depot truck directly onto a popular bike path on the west side of Manhattan in an apparent ISIS-inspired ‘lone wolf’ attack.
Officials say six people died at the scene with two more later succumbing to their injuries at the hospital.
Six of the known victims were foreign tourists, five men from Argentina and a Belgian woman.
Investigators are still learning more about the attacker.
He was a Florida resident who immigrated to the U.S. legally in 2010, and was believed to have worked as an Uber driver prior to the attack.
Authorities are said to have found a note in Saipov’s truck claiming to have carried out the attack on the behalf of the Islamic State, but it remains unclear whether he was in direct contact with the terror group or was inspired by previous vehicle attacks in Europe.
In a series of tweets, President Trump described Saipov as a sick and deranged person, and vowed to step-up extreme vetting of immigrants from terror-prone countries.
President Trump is calling for a merit-based immigration system following confirmation the suspect entered the U.S. on a so-called diversity visa.
The president tweeted Wednesday morning, saying we must get much tougher and smarter.
He also called out Democrats — specifically Chuck Schumer — for the diversity visa lottery-based system, which gives out roughly 50,000 immigrant visas annually without regard to the applicant’s education and skills.
Authorities said the Uzbek national won the visa lottery, obtained a green card, and entered the U.S. seven years ago.