A Brooklyn College student witnessed the terrorist attack in lower Manhattan last Tuesday that killed eight people and left at least 12 injured when a driver plowed a Home Depot truck into a city sidewalk during the annual New York City Halloween Parade.
In an interview with AM New York, Brooklyn College student John Williams, 22, said he was walking toward West Side Highway when costumed parade-goers shouted, “He has a gun! He has a gun!”
“One thing that was noticeable was the smell of gunpowder […] it filled the air,” said Williams of Brooklyn in an interview with AM New York. Williams described the five gunshots as “very fast” and “one after the other.”
Less than 24 hours after the attack, Brooklyn College President Michelle Anderson retweeted a message of solidarity from John Jay’s President Karol Mason.
“We cannot let fear divide us; we must stand united against hate,” said Mason via Twitter, using the hashtag NYCStrong. “The @JohnJayCollege community stands with New York City.”
Manhattan police have since arrested 29-year-old Uzbek national Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the suspect in the terrorist attack. The NYPD’s investigation into the attack is ongoing.