Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, has been identified as the driver who used a rented truck to mow down residents on a New York City bicycle path in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.
The Uzbekistan native came to the United States in 2010. Records indicate he – at one point – lived in Tampa, Florida. Authorities, including the FBI, have been questioning occupants of his former apartment complex and known associates.
Florida Governor Rick Scott released a statement regarding the act of terror saying:
“I am absolutely disgusted by the act of terror that occurred in Manhattan today. All of Florida is praying for the victims, their families and our brave law enforcement and first responders.”
A federal law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News that a note referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was found in or around the truck used in the attack.
Police shot Saipov in the abdomen after he jumped out of the truck with what ended up to be a fake gun in each hand.
Witnesses say Saipov was shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”
The 29-year-old underwent surgery and was in critical condition but was expected to survive.
Federal intelligence agencies have set to work combing through databases looking into Saipov, including where he has traveled and with whom he has been in contact.
Authorities will also scour Saipov’s electronic devices. They will be looking for any clues that would offer insight into the days and hours leading up to the attack that unfolded in lower Manhattan.
Among the eight people killed, were five citizens of Argentina and one person from Belgium. The victims have not yet been identified.
Police said that in addition to those killed, 11 people were seriously injured and transported to area hosiptal(s).
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the act a “lone wolf” attack and said there was no evidence to support it was part of a wider plot.