BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (WABC) — Numerous people have been struck and hurt by a U-Haul truck in Brooklyn right just before the driver advised law enforcement he preferred to die.
The suspect is a 62-yr-outdated homeless male and may possibly have been living in the U-Haul truck, according to law enforcement.
When they attempted to pull him above he reported “shoot me, I’m not stopping” and that he “desired to die.”
That is when he fled the scene and drove onto the sidewalk.
New York City Councilmember Justin Brannan speaks to Eyewitness Information about details on the driver:
He struck various pedestrians at numerous areas in Bay Ridge.
At the very least eight folks have been hurt, according to law enforcement.
A man in his 30s was strike on 4th Avenue and was taken to Lutheran Hospital together with one more sufferer who are each in essential ailment.
Three males on mopeds had been struck and sustained insignificant accidents. They ended up taken to a close by medical center.
3 other victims were being transported to region hospitals with different accidents.
Eyewitness Information acquired exceptional movie of a man diving out of the way of the U-Haul truck seconds in advance of he would have been struck:
The suspect evaded police and bought on to the Gowanus Expressway heading north.
He exited onto Hamilton Avenue and was surrounded by police at Columbia Road in Red Hook.
New York City Councilmember Justin Brannan tweeted about the incident in his district.
Police took the suspect into custody for questioning at the 68th precinct.
The bomb squad was identified as in to look for the truck and observed practically nothing suspicious, in accordance to law enforcement.
NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell held a press briefing in Red Hook:
A spokesperson for the mayor reported the Adams has been briefed, and “there are no additional credible threats.”
Former NYPD Chief of Detectives and ABC News Contributor Robert Boyce claims its tough to not examine this instance to the gentleman who drove a truck through a crowded road in Manhattan killing several men and women again in 2017.
“It’s the very first detail I assumed,” Boyce explained. “I worked the Sayfull Saipov situation I remember how dangerous it was and what he did and how fatal it was. That was the to start with factor that arrived to intellect when I listened to about the rented truck. So let’s hope it is really not that and it truly is a person in psychological distress at this level and it is very little much more than that. It truly is difficult to hyperlink the two right now but how can you not feel about that?”
Robert Boyce on bomb squad investigating U-Haul in Pink Hook
The suspect rented the U-Haul again in January in Daytona Seashore, Florida.
He has past ties to the city which include a prior conversation with police in 2019 in Queens. He also had at the very least a person prior handle in Brooklyn.
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