A Florida driver's license listing an address in Tampa was found on Saipov when he was taken into custody. He may have more recently lived in New Jersey and has been driving for the ride-hailing service Uber.
Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke in a letter to confirm reports that Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack, immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan on a diversity visa in 2010.
While Saipov may be pleased with himself now, hopefully the criminal justice system will be able to effectively wipe the smile off his face in the months to come. However, it's unknown where the suspect is being treated.
As President Donald Trump vowed to terminate the Green Card lottery program that allowed Saipov to enter the USA, neighbors spoke of their desire to be accepted in a country where many had migrated at considerable personal cost, and saw Saipov as a liability. Since then, he's lived in several states, including Florida.
Television networks identified the 29-year-old perpetrator as an Uzbek citizen living in Florida.
Police said after plowing through civilians, the suspect hit a school bus.
Saipov, who is now in police custody after being shot by officers after the attack, frequently had outbursts over the price of Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Sources say Saipov left a note inside the rental truck pledging allegiance to ISIS. She says they occasionally said hello, but nothing more. Matkarov, when he spoke to the New York Post, recalled no such warning signs.
Jacobs said she often walks through the area on her lunch break.
According to Mayor Bill Deblasio, eight people are dead.
Authorities are now treating the incident as a suspected act of terror, according to the Independent.
Just after the deadly terror attack, Saipov reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar", an Arabic phrase that translates to "God is greatest".
Mirrakhmat Muminov, an Uzbek green card holder who met Saipov on several occasions in OH, indicated to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Wednesday that the suspect had an "aggressive" attitude.
Police are investigating a terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. WNBC revealed that a BB or paintball gun was recovered from the scene.
"That really upset me when I heard the news", said neighbor Mohamed Soliman. "When I ran up the bridge, I saw this dude with two guns". He was getting chased.
NY officials did not name the suspect at an afternoon press conference but they did confirm his age and that he was in custody.
This is a developing story.