Terrorist says he carried out attack for ISIS

November 02, 2017 03:40 AM

“And they could see a bear head that there was a lot of commotion and cars ambulances sirens,” said New York City resident, Mary Gray Kallman.

Kallman was taking her baby to meet some friends for a Halloween celebration at Roosevelt Park in lower Manhattan just after 3pm Tuesday. 

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Suddenly her plans changed.

“And I asked two guys that were standing on a street with dogs what was going on and they said there'd been a shooting. 

It turns out there was more than a shooting. 

29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov mowed down a group of people by driving a rented pickup truck onto a bike path on West Street before crashing into a school bus according to New York City police. 

The suspect then hopped out of the truck and shouted “Allah Akbar,” meaning God is great in Arabic, while holding imitation guns. 

Saipov was shot and wounded by police and taken into custody. 

“I see two gentlemen laying right there in the bike lane with tire marks across their body and you can tell they're not here no more and you could hear the lady screaming.”

Kallman said she travels through the exact area of the attack everyday with her baby.

“I came very close,” Kallman said. “And if things had gone a little differently in my day I would've been there.”

Police said the suspect is from Uzbekistan.

WNBC reports a note was found in Saipov's truck claiming he carried out the attack in the name of ISIS.

Dismayed members of the Muslim community said the attack is not reflective of their religion.

“What happens is, is that people relate attacks like this to Islam,” said Zeshan Hamid of  Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. “People relate attacks like this to other ethnic minorities and tensions grow.

Kallman said she won't let the attack cause her to live in Fear.

She said unfortunately this is reality.

“Living in New York City I think that you kind of are always waiting for something like this to happen and it's been happening in the world and other parts of the country and so I wasn't surprised,” Kallman said. 


Nia Hamm

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