Eight people were killed with 11 more injured when 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented pickup truck down a crowded bike path
in Manhattan, New York.
After the suspect was taken into custody and treated for a gunshot wound in the abdomen, he reportedly asked for an ISIS flag to be hung in his hospital room
, telling authorities that he "felt good about what he had done." Saipov also had 90 videos and 3,800 images on his cell phone
featuring ISIS propaganda at the time of the attack.
If this sounds like unusual behavior, it's because it is
unusual behavior. Most people don't feel an attraction to terrorists groups. Most people wish this would end. And yet, how quickly and easily fingers get pointed at whole Muslim communities
over the actions of an extreme outlier.
If a Muslim person doesn't step up to condemn their own community, then there's plenty of others on the outside waiting to hurl rocks.
San Antonio's very own Muslim Children Education and Civic Center
(MCECC) chose to condemn this attack — but unlike the Dana Loesch's of the world who waste no time politicizing a tragedy — MCECC offered words of encouragement and healing.
"In these troubled times we ask all people of good conscious to pray for the victims, pray for the full recover of the injured of this senseless massacre, and pray for the healing of our national political atmosphere that continues to promote an 'us versus them' mentality. Violence is never the answer."
Read the full statement here
Saipov moved to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, working as a truck driver and most recently for Uber
. He is currently charged
with providing material support to ISIS, violence and destruction of motor vehicles.