Reacting to the Manhattan Terror Attack

Unfortunately, terror attacks are something we still deal with on a basis.  Although we don’t know when or where they will happen, it’s hard to not constantly be terrified of the situations that occur.

One of the most recent attacks was the one in Manhattan.  A driver, said to be Sayfullo Saipov, age 29, had plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path screaming “Allahu akbar,” meaning “God is great”.  This incident, that occurred Tuesday, Oct. 31, killed eight people and injured 11.  This may not seem like many, but this event is what officials are calling the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since the 9/11 incident in 2001.

       

Being from New York, this event I found really scary.  Personally, I have friends that work and go to school right next to where this event occurred.

“It was really terrifying being in an area during one of these attacks.  I was at school during the event [only about 11-minute walk from the incident area], and they wouldn’t let us leave class once it was over, but the school was rushing to keep us updated so we could go home.  This was hard for a lot of my classmates who commuted for 2 or 3 hours just to get to school so they ended up missing their buses.  Everyone was just terrified and not sure what was actually happening until after everything was said and done,” Katelyn, 18, and a close friend of mine said as a statement about the stance of Manhattan at the time of the event. “I had work later that day as well in the area at Aldo's, which was actually parallel to right where the event happened, but I had to call out because I was so shook up.  It’s terrifying the events that could possibly happen around you and going just didn’t feel safe.”

The driver was shot in the abdomen by an officer after the incident. It was said that he was only left in critical condition.