One of nine injured victims of U-Haul driver’s rampage in Brooklyn DIES as suspect ‘off his meds’ tells cops he killed ‘only bad people, not good’
- The driver, 62-year-old Weng Sor, was off his medications at the time of the rampage and told police that he ‘only ran over bad people’
- The Malaysian-born man had rented the U-Haul truck late last month in Florida and driven up to Brooklyn, where he has family
- Sor previously resided in Las Vegas, where he had several run ins with police, including a stabbing incident after which he was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison
One of the victims of the driver of a rented U-Haul truck has died following the Monday morning rampage that left at least nine injured.
Investigators are still attempting to determine the motive behind the Monday morning mow-down of multiple people in Brooklyn. The driver was 62-year-old Weng Sor, born in Malaysia, who told police on the scene yesterday to ‘shoot me.’ He is now in police custody.
Although the motive is still being worked out, the NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell said that no evidence currently suggests that any terrorism as involved, and that the series of hit-and-runs was a ‘violent rampage.’
The victim who died was a 44-year-old man, according to law enforcement officials. One of the other victims suffered critical injuries.
At the time of his arrest, Sor said that he ‘only ran over bad people – not good people.’
Police apprehend Weng Sor, 62, who mowed down nine people in Brooklyn yesterday morning
All of the victims, including an NYPD officer, were transported to NYC Langone in Brooklyn.
Officials noted that the driver was off medications he should have been taking, though it is unclear for what they were prescribed.
Police tracked the driver’s rampage back to Bay Ridge, where he began his spree, before he continued north into Sunset Park.
He was eventually apprehended in Red Hook, closer to the East River.
The entire episode took just over an hour, beginning at about quarter after ten on Monday.
Sor’s son, Stephen Sor, said that his father had a history of mental illness, and until recently, resided in Las Vegas, Nevada, where records show he has been convicted and served time of multiple criminal acts of violence.
‘Very frequently he’ll choose to skip out on his medications and do something like this,’ said Stephen Sor, 30, in an interview with AP outside his Brooklyn home.
‘This isn’t the first time he’s been arrested. It’s not the first time he’s gone to jail.’
Court records show Sor was sentenced to one to three years in a Nevada prison for stabbing his brother in Las Vegas in 2015.
The scene in Red Hook on Monday, after Sor had been apprehended following his 40-minute rampage across Sunset Park and Bay Ridge
Weng Sor, 62, had previously been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison in Las Vegas after stabbing his brother. He said Monday that he had only run over ‘bad people’
A map of the area in Brooklyn where Sor’s rampage occurred. The rented U-Haul truck sped through the area, swerving onto the sidewalk, into bike lanes and through red lights
Brooklyn residents gather to aid one of the victims of Sor – a man on a bike
The ambulance arrives at the scene to transport the victim to a nearby hospital
Two of the nine victims were in critical condition on Monday night, and one of them succumbed to his injuries
Sor may have been living out of the U-Haul truck, which he rented in Daytona, Florida last month before driving it up the coast
The son said his father had been living in Las Vegas with his own mother, and they did not communicate frequently.
He said he was shocked when his father showed up in Brooklyn about a week ago, in the middle of the night. Records indicate he had rented the U-Haul truck late last month in Florida and driven up the coast.
He described his relationship with his father as ‘rocky,’ AP reported. Though relatives described the perpetrator as disturbed but not radicalized.
Though a motive remains unclear, the New York City mayor’s office issued a statement Monday to assure the public that there are no ongoing credible threats following Sor’s arrest.
Timeline of Brooklyn U-Haul Driver’s Rampage
10.17am: The driver of the U-Haul truck struck a 36-year-old man near 4th avenue and 55th street in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition with a leg injury
10.29am: A 34-year-old man was struck in Bay Ridge. He suffered injuries to his chest and was taken to the hospital. He is expected to recover
10.31am: A 30-year-old man was struck near the Bay Ridge Parkway. He is expected to recover from a leg injury
10.36am: A 51-year-old man was struck also near the Bay Ridge Parkway. He suffered head injuries and was taken to the hospital, where police say he is recovering
10.48am: A 44-year-old man suffered critical injuries to his head after being struck near the parkway and 5th Avenue. He later succumbed to those injuries in the hospital
10.50am: Another man was struck near the parkway. The 38-year-old was taken to the hospital with injuries to his ankle
11.05am: A 33-year-old police officer and 32-year-old man were struck near 72nd and 3rd avenue in Bay Ridge. The officer suffered leg injuries, while the other victim suffered injuries to his head and chest.
11.05am: One block away, the oldest of the victims, a 66-year-old man, was struck. He is recovering after injuring his neck and knee.
11.30am: The truck is surrounded on a corner between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, where the driver is taken into custody