Earlier this week, a man driving through Times Square in New York City suddenly turned off the street and onto the sidewalk. He drove straight through groups of people, killing one and injuring more than twenty.
Warning: This is difficult to watch.
Shocking New Video Shows Times Square Attacker On Vicious, Deliberate Rampage
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NBC News has more on the attack:
Driver Behind Times Square Mayhem: ‘I Wanted to Kill Them’
The driver behind the mayhem in New York City’s Times Square that killed one and injured 22 others allegedly stated, “I wanted to kill them” and admitted to smoking PCP-laced marijuana before Thursday’s violence.
Richard Rojas, 26, told a witness that he had wanted to kill the pedestrians of Times Square whom he hit with his 2009 Honda Accord, according to court documents. He also allegedly added that he smoked PCP-laced marijuana before the onslaught.
“I smoked marijuana,” he told police, according to court documents. “I laced the marijuana with PCP.”
The Bronx native is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, 20 counts of attempted murder and second-degree murder.
“It appears to be intentional in the sense that he was troubled and lashing out,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on WNYC radio on Friday.
Police and the Department of Homeland Security initially suggested it was an accident.
The mayor added that this was not an act of terror.