In a shocking turn of events, an individual driving a U-Haul truck went on a violent spree in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York on Monday morning, leaving at least eight individuals injured, including a police officer. The suspect was finally apprehended in Sunset Park.
According to New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the preliminary investigation suggests that there is no indication of terrorism involvement in the incident. However, the full resources of the NYPD and its partners will continue to investigate the matter.
At approximately 10:50 AM, officers responded to reports of a single male driving a U-Haul truck and striking several individuals. The vehicle was eventually stopped near the entrance to the Battery Tunnel into Manhattan by highway patrol units. Seven different locations are being processed by the police, and the NYPD bomb squad is checking the truck for any potential explosives.
Of the eight individuals struck, two are in critical condition, two are in serious condition, and four sustained minor injuries. Seven of the victims are civilians, while one is a police officer who was taking police action at the time of the incident.
The driver of the truck fled the scene after mounting a sidewalk in the Bay Ridge neighborhood and injuring several people. The suspect is known to authorities from a prior EDP (emotionally disturbed person) incident from 2019.
Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul have been briefed on the situation, and the NYC Mayor’s Office confirmed that there are no additional credible threats at this time. Councilman Justin Brannan thanked the 72nd and 68th precincts of the NYPD for their swift response and promised more information soon.