- 1. Authorities found a handwritten note in Arabic near Saipov's rental truck claiming that he carried out the attack in the name of ISIS.
The note said "that the Islamic State would endure forever," John Miller, the deputy New York police commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism, said at a news conference Wednesday.
"(It) appears he had been planning this for a number of weeks," Miller said. "He appears to have followed almost exactly to a T the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack."
Police reportedly shot Saipov after he jumped out of the truck with what turned out to be fake guns in each hand and yelled, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, according to CNN. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, multiple news outlets are reporting.
In a press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the attack “was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a “lone wolf” attack. He says there’s no evidence to suggest it was part of a wider plot.
- 2. Saipov searched the internet for information on Halloween in New York City and for truck rentals. The AP reported that Saipov even rented a truck on Oct. 22 to practice making turns, and he initially hoped to get from the bike path across lower Manhattan to hit more pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, FBI agent Amber Tyree said in court papers.
He even considered displaying ISIS flags on the truck during the attack but decided it would draw too much attention, authorities said.
- 3. President Donald Trump said Saipov "should get the death penalty." Trump tweeted the following late Wednesday:
- The tweet was referring to federal officials' reports that Saipov asked to display the Islamic State group's flag in his hospital room, saying "he felt good about what he had done," according to The Associated Press.
Trump added early Thursday that he'd "love to send" Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, "but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the federal system."
- 3. Saipov, an Uzbekistan native, reportedly came to the U.S. legally in 2010. According to WFTV, authorities found a Florida driver’s license with a Tampa address on Saipov when he was taken into custody. Neighbors interviewed by the station did not recall seeing him there.
Angelica Guzman, who lives in the Tampa apartment complex, told WFTV that she was shocked to hear that one of her current, or former, neighbors could have been involved in the deadly attack.
“It’s something that takes you by surprise,” she said.
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- NJ.com reported that court records from 2012 and 2015 listed a Paterson, New Jersey, address for Saipov. The Home Depot pickup truck used in the attack was rented in New Jersey, authorities said, according to The Associated Press.
A public records search also found a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, address from October-November 2015, the Dayton Daily News reported.
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- 4. Saipov, a commercial truck driver, reportedly has two active business licenses in Ohio. According to the Dayton Daily News, the license for Sayf Motors Inc. in Symmes Township, a Cincinnati suburb, was granted in May 2011. A second one, Bright Auto LLC, was granted in 2013 in Stow, according to Ohio Secretary of State records.
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- 5. Saipov was an Uber driver, the company confirmed. According to the AP, Saipov passed a background check and made more than 1,400 trips over the past six months. Uber banned him from the service Tuesday after learning of the attack.
"We are horrified by this senseless act of violence," Uber said in a statement. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance."
- 6. Saipov was arrested in 2016 in St. Charles County, Missouri. The AP reported that a warrant was issued for Saipov’s arrest in April 2016 when he missed a hearing on a misdemeanor for not having the right brakes on his vehicle. He resolved the case in November 2016 by pleading guilty and paying $200 in fines and court costs.