The terrorist who perpetrated the deadly vehicle attack on the West Side of Manhattan Tuesday was previously employed as an Uber driver.
Sayfullo Saipov, who immigrated to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010, moved to Patterson, N.J., and began driving for Uber after passing the ride sharing company’s requisite background check.
“We have been in contact with the F.B.I. and have offered our assistance,” an Uber official told the New York Times. “We will remain in close contact with law enforcement and the F.B.I. to assist with their investigation”
“We are aggressively and quickly reviewing this partner’s history with Uber, and at this time we have not identified any related concerning safety reports.”
Saipov, who left a note in his vehicle pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, used a rented pick up truck to mow down cyclists and pedestrians on the West Side Highway bike pathTuesday afternoon, killing at least eight and wounding 15.
The terrorist passed Uber’s criminal background check despite being on the radar of federal authorities. Three officials told the NYTimes they became aware of Saipov in connection with an unrelated investigation but the nature of that investigation remains unclear. He had also received multiple traffic citations in the past, according to CNN.
A Missourri man employed as an Uber driver shot and killed six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan in between picking up and dropping off passengers in February, 2016.
“We are horrified by this senseless act of violence,” Uber said in a statement. “Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance.”
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