NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Ayana Harry from WPIX in New York concerning the assault in Manhattan immediately. At the very least eight individuals are lifeless and a dozen extra injured after a driver plowed down a motorcycle path.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
No less than eight individuals have been killed in Manhattan in the present day after a person drove a rented truck onto a busy bicycle path. This occurred close to the World Commerce Middle Memorial. New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio calls it a very cowardly act of terror. On the road with us now’s Ayana Harry with WPIX in New York. Thanks for becoming a member of us.
AYANA HARRY: You are definitely welcome. How are you?
SHAPIRO: Superb. Take us by way of what you recognize about how this unfolded this afternoon.
HARRY: Positive. Nicely, I simply occurred to be with my photographer at Metropolis Corridor, which is just about three blocks away. So we instantly simply noticed police automobiles racing previous us. And our task desk started to listen to different radio transmissions a few potential lively shooter over on the West Aspect Freeway. So we went instantly to the scene. In order quickly as we received right here, we spoke to eyewitnesses who stated they heard at the least 4 to 5 gunshots. They usually additionally talked about seeing a House Depot truck driving down the bicycle lane for a minimum of a block or two. And the eyewitnesses stated that they noticed this driver shifting with velocity and obvious intention…
SHAPIRO: It is sounds…
HARRY: …So it didn’t…
SHAPIRO: It sounds from what the police have stated as if the fatalities have been brought on by that car and that what the eyewitnesses might have heard as gunshots have been the truth is from imitation firearms. Is that in keeping with what you are seeing there?
HARRY: It – nicely, we do know that the 2 weapons that the suspect had have been each imitation weapons. And so he might – so the gunshots might have been from him or from police.
SHAPIRO: We additionally perceive that police shot the suspect and that he’s in custody, that police will not be looking for another suspects. What else are you able to inform us about what’s occurring down there in Decrease Manhattan proper now?
HARRY: Nicely, at this level, police are – nicely, one, they’ve the duty of simply going by way of this very grisly scene. Once more, eight individuals have been killed. We spoke with an eyewitness who watched the van run over these individuals. And the one phrase he might use to explain the scene and these our bodies was mangled. In order that they have, you realize – in fact they need to deal with the scene with dignity and determine these individuals. So a number of that’s occurring. And you recognize, they’re actually preserving individuals away from it. And I additionally need to point out this occurred proper after faculty. Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty is true there, and so is the Borough of Manhattan Group School. So most of the eyewitnesses are teenagers, younger individuals.
SHAPIRO: It’s considerably exceptional to assume that with a dying toll of at the very least eight individuals, that is the worst terror assault – if certainly it’s a terror assault – in New York Metropolis since 9/11.
HARRY: Sure. And the mayor did say that this was a – they consider an act of terror at this level. However there was one thing that got here out of a press briefing a short while in the past that basically caught out to me – the truth that this befell on the West Aspect Freeway close to Houston Road throughout rush hour. So there have been already cops in that space. And people cops have been capable of get this suspect into custody in a short time. So you understand, we’re accustomed to seeing cops everywhere in the metropolis, particularly throughout rush hour. And I imply, they have been on the scene instantly, capable of get the suspect into custody and in addition capable of get assist to these individuals who have been badly injured, you already know, probably maintaining the demise toll down. No less than 11 different individuals have been taken to the hospital in critical situation.
SHAPIRO: There’s a tweet from President Trump that claims, in NYC – appears like one other assault by a really sick and deranged individual. Regulation enforcement is following this intently – not within the USA. We even have a press release from the appearing secretary of Homeland Safety, Elaine Duke, noting that we have now lately seen assaults like this one all through the world. Are you able to contextualize this for us given what you are seeing in entrance of you?
HARRY: Yeah, I imply, there’s undoubtedly a way of shock right here. We did have an incident a few months in the past the place there was a driver going via Occasions Sq.. That was not an act of terror. That was somebody who was, you understand, probably beneath the affect of artificial marijuana.
SHAPIRO: All proper.
HARRY: However he used his automotive as a weapon. And so, you understand, pedestrians have been extra alert since then, and…
SHAPIRO: Thanks very a lot.
HARRY: …You already know, it is simply type of one other reminder.
SHAPIRO: That is Ayana Harry of WPIX in New York.
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