The terrorist who rammed his rental truck into pedestrians and cyclists in Lower Manhattan, killing 8, was celebrating the deadly attack while at the hospital, sources said Wednesday.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, was said to be in critical but stable condition after a sharp-shooting NYPD cop put a bullet in his abdomen following the Halloween assault. He was rejoicing in his room at Bellevue Hospital after killing eight people and injuring 13 others along the Hudson River on Tuesday.
“He’s talking. He’s laughing. He’s very happy with what he did,” said a source who was briefed by a hospital staffer on the floor. “He feels accomplished.”A second source said Saipov, in his interviews with investigators, showed “no remorse” and was “glad that he did what he set out to do.”NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, John Miller said Saipov planned the attack “for a number of weeks”.Miller added: “He seemed to have followed almost to a T the instructions ISIS had put out on how to carry out a truck-borne attack”.Investigators found at the scene the paintball and pellet guns Saipov was brandishing. In and around his rented Home Depot truck, they discovered multiple knives and a handwritten note in Arabic.
saipov is a native of Uzbekistan. He arrived in the U.S. in March 2010, authorities said. He was never the subject of an FBI or NYPD investigation but he was reportedly on the radar of the authorities. Saipov was in fact interviewed by federal agents in 2015 in connection with a probe of terror suspects who overstayed their tourists visas, ABC News reported.
In the hours before the attack, Saipov spoke via cellphone to people in Florida and New Jersey. Investigators are still working to determine if the calls had anything to do with his sinister plans, sources said.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Cuomo said that Saipov was radicalized in the U.S. in the last seven years.“(A)fter he came to the United States is when he started to become informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics,” Cuomo said on CNN. “Again, ISIS has gotten it down to a simple formula that they can put on the internet and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to rent a car, rent a truck. But they are cowards and they are depraved.”