left to investigate the situation from the direction we heard the noise coming from.” Another witness, Ramon Cruz, described what he saw. People are running past me, saying, ‘He’s got a gun. Authorities are sure to look at whether the suspect visited Uzbekistan since he moved to the United States seven years ago, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.
“What I saw was that the driver — he didn’t look like he was bleeding,” said Cruz. “There has been a significant problem with jihadism in Uzbekistan,” he said.
At lease 11 others were transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. A spokesman for Home Depot confirmed one of the company’s rental trucks was part of an incident in lower Manhattan and said the company is “cooperating with authorities” in the investigation.
News footage showed crowds of spectators — some capturing the scene with cellphone cameras — gathered behind police lines.
A white Home Depot truck with the front end smashed was also visible.