One person was killed and eight others, including an NYPD officer, were injured when a U-Haul driver went on an hourlong “violent rampage” through Brooklyn Monday morning, the NYPD said.
Police responded to Bay Ridge around 10:50 a.m. after receiving a call of several pedestrians being hit by a man driving a U-Haul truck in the neighborhood, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a news briefing.
Police later named 62-year-old Weng Sor as the suspected driver.
Authorities said the incident began just after 10:15 a.m., when the driver struck a 36-year-old man on an e-bike at Fourth Avenue and 55th Street.
According to police, Sor then fled the scene and continued to run after officers attempted to pull him over at Bay Ridge Parkway and Fifth Avenue. Authorities said this was the beginning of a “violent rampage” that unfolded across eight scenes in Brooklyn.
In the pursuit, a total of nine people were struck, including a 44-year-old man who died from his injuries. Four victims, including the deceased, were on e-bikes, two were on bicycles and three were pedestrians, police said.
Two victims, both men who were on e-bikes, were said to be in serious condition as of Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
After a lengthy pursuit through Bay Ridge, officers managed to stop the U-Haul in Red Hook, near the entrance to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, where he was taken into custody, police said.
Authorities said he is being held at the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge and is expected to be charged Tuesday.
“At this time, we have no indication that there is any terrorism involvement in this incident,” Sewell said Monday. “However, as always, we will continue to investigate this incident with the full resources of the NYPD and our partners.”
Surveillance video obtained by NY1 shows the U-Haul hitting a cyclist near 54th Street and Fourth Avenue. Another video obtained by NY1 shows an NYPD vehicle following the U-Haul onto the sidewalk near 72nd Street and Third Avenue.
Sources said Sor told police he wanted to die. Sewell didn't immediately provide any additional details about the incident, noting that an investigation was ongoing.
Sor was incarcerated in Nevada from Aug. 1, 2017 to Dec. 14, 2018 after being sentenced to 12 to 36 months on two "battery with substantial bodily harm" charges, a spokesperson with the Nevada Department of Correction wrote in an email.
In a statement provided to NY1, a U-Haul spokesperson said the truck involved in Monday's incident was rented in West Palm Beach, Florida on Feb. 1.
The truck was rented for 30 days, paid for in advance, and set for a return on March 3, the spokesperson said. It was an "in-town rental, meaning the equipment was supposed to return" to West Palm Beach, according to the spokesperson.
U-Haul has no record of Sor renting from them prior to Feb. 1, the spokesperson noted, adding that he met their criteria for rental.
"U-Haul is working closely with law enforcement officials to meet their needs in this case," the spokesperson said.
At an unrelated news conference in Queens Tuesday morning, Mayor Eric Adams briefly addressed the violent episode in Brooklyn.
“Our hearts go out to the families. I visited the families in the hospital yesterday, two of the victims,” Adams said. “I visited and communicated with the family members of one of the deceased.”
Adams said the man who died was a single father, who was raising his “children on his own.”
“Just a terrible tragedy, and I just want to thank the New York City Police Department for taking appropriate actions to apprehend the driver,” Adams added.
Adams said the police commissioner is planning on briefing the public on developments in the investigation at NYPD headquarters Tuesday afternoon.