New York Police have apprehended a U-Haul truck driver following a shocking rampage in Brooklyn that left eight people injured.
On Monday, a man driving a U-Haul plowed into several scooter riders and other pedestrians in multiple locations throughout Brooklyn — leaving several people injured.
Currently A U-Haul Truck is surrounded by multiple police vehicles as multiple pedestrians were struck at three different locations with a cyclist was dragged… https://t.co/FdzlkGcvHo pic.twitter.com/XRJjb2Ukcl
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The first report of the incident came at 10:30 a.m., according to police, where the suspect was said to have crashed into pedestrians and cyclists. Several more reports came in as the U-Haul continued its rampage through a busy section of Brooklyn.
According to authorities, the truck sped through the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn before police stopped it over three miles away from the scene, near the entrance of a tunnel leading to Manhattan.
The U-Haul’s rampage was finally stopped after a miles-long pursuit when police were able to pin the truck against a building.
Authorities have reported that at least eight people across multiple locations had been struck by the U-Haul truck, including two who have been hospitalized in critical condition.
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While police did not immediately release the driver’s name after his arrest, he was identified by his son as 62-year-old Weng Sor.
“Very frequently he’ll choose to skip out on his medications and do something like this,” 30-year-old Stephen Sor said during an interview outside of his Brooklyn home. “This isn’t the first time he’s gone to jail.”
According to court records, Weng Sor was previously sentenced to one to three years in prison in Nevada for stabbing his brother in Las Vegas in 2015.
Officials in New York have spoken out about the suspect’s U-Haul rampage.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell described the actions of Weng Sor as a “violent rampage through Brooklyn,” though he noted that there was no evidence to suggest “terrorism involvement.”
“At this time, we have no indication that there is any terrorism involvement in this incident,” the police commissioner said. “However, as always, we will continue to investigate this incident with the full resources of the NYPD and our partners.”
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New York City Council Member Justin Brannan released a statement regarding the arrest of the driver.
“A man driving a U-Haul went on a rampage in Bay Ridge… Several people were hit and badly injured. We have no idea of motives at this time but this wasn’t an accident,” Brannan’s statement read, adding that the driver had reportedly screamed that he wanted to die as he drove off and led police on the brief chase.