(NEW YORK) — Police officials have offered new details of how the deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan Tuesday took place.
The incident, which killed eight and injured 12 others, is being investigated as an act of terrorism.
John Miller, the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism of the NYPD, said today that the suspect Sayfullo Saipov, 29, had been “planning this [attack] for a number of weeks.”
Here’s the latest timeline of the attack, according to police officials.
2:06 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017: Rents truck
Saipov rented a truck from a Home Depot store in Passaic, New Jersey. He and his wife and three children lived in Paterson, New Jersey, a short distance from the Home Depot.
2:43 p.m.: Enters Manhattan
Miller said that license plate readers on the George Washington Bridge recorded that Saipov’s truck exited the bridge at that time. The vehicle then drove southbound along the West Side Highway.
3:04 p.m.: Turns onto the bike path
A Port Authority camera recorded the truck turn at the intersection of Houston Street and West Street and onto the bike path, traveling southbound.
Miller said that the footage shows that the driver “appears to target bicycle riders and pedestrians.”
The truck, which then reportedly accelerated, stopped when it collided with a school bus at Chambers Street.
The distance traveled on the bike path measures about three-quarters of a mile.
3:08 p.m.: Calls come in
Miller said at this point the police received “more than a dozen 911 calls reporting people down, the school bus accident and a man with a gun in the street.”
The suspect had exited the truck, carrying a pellet gun and paintball gun.
Police Commissioner of New York James O’Neill said Tuesday that the suspect “did make a statement when he exited the vehicle.” Sources told ABC News that he shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic.
The commissioner said that both the nature of the truck incident, which echoes other terror attacks globally, and “the statement [made by the suspect] has enabled us to label this a terrorist attack.”
Police officer Ryan Nash was one of several officers who happened to be in the area after responding to an unrelated call at nearby Stuyvesant High School. Nash shot the suspect in the abdomen after he exited the vehicle, and the suspect was apprehended. Saipov was transported to an undisclosed hospital.
Six people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others died at a nearby hospital. At least a dozen others were injured.
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