(CNN)The suspect in New York’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11 had planned the attack for weeks and carried out the killings “in the name of ISIS,” John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said on Wednesday.
- Five Argentinian high school classmates, two young American men, and a Belgian mother were identified as the victims, police said.
- President Donald Trump called Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to offer any federal assistance needed, Trump tweeted.
- The suspect arrived in the US as part of the diversity immigrant visa program, the Department of Homeland Security said.
- De Blasio and Cuomo praised New York residents for quickly returning to their normal lives. If the attacker’s goal was to terrorize the public, then that goal failed, they said. “That’s what makes New Yorkers special,” de Blasio said. “That strength, that resilience, that ability to be undeterred in the face of ugliness and the actions of a depraved coward.”
CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, Tal Kopan, Paul Murphy, Brynn Gingras, David Shortell, Topher Gauk-Roger, Curt Devine, Hilary McGann, Elizabeth Joseph, Athena Jones, Sarah Jorgensen, Nelli Black, Kristina Sgueglia and Patricia DiCarlo contributed to this report.