Suspect in deadly U-Haul truck rampage admitted hitting several people, sources say

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Suspect in U-Haul rampage suffered from mental health crisis: police
During questioning, 62-year-old Weng Sor admitted striking several people while driving the U-Haul. He also told officers he wanted them to shoot him. Jim Dolan has the latest details.

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The suspect who police say went on a violent rampage with a U-Haul truck in Brooklyn that left one person dead and nine others injured is in custody.

Eyewitness News has learned that during questioning at the 68th precinct in Bay Ridge, 62-year-old Weng Sor admitted that he struck at least three to four people while driving the truck.

He explained that he wanted police to shoot him. Sor made the statements, which were videotaped, after waiving his Miranda rights.

Sor is charged with one count of murder in the second degree and seven counts of attempted murder. He was walked out of the 68th Precinct on Tuesday night and taken to Brooklyn Criminal Court where he'll be arraigned sometime Wednesday.

Police walked out 62-year-old Weng Sor from the 68th Precinct Tuesday night, one day after striking several people while driving a U-Haul through Brooklyn.

Investigators have said they have no reason to believe he was motivated by any sort of terrorist ideology.

"We believe Mr. Sor was suffering from a mental health crisis, at this time there is no nexus to terrorism," Chief of Detectives James Essig said.

Sor told police he saw an "invisible object" come toward his vehicle and said "I've had enough" before beginning what police later called a "violent rampage" through Brooklyn, Essig said.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell promised to work with the Brooklyn DA's office to achieve a "measure of justice" for the victims.

When police finally stopped Sor near the Battery Tunnel he said to the officers "You should have shot me," Essig said.

Sor lives with his mother in Las Vegas where he has eight prior arrests dating back to 2002 for DWI, evading a police officer, battery, resisting arrest, domestic battery, battery with a deadly weapon. He was also stopped in South Carolina in the rented U-Haul February 5 for reckless driving and marijuana possession.

In the past he has had to undergo at least one court-ordered mental health evaluation.

His brother has also revealed Sor has a history of mental illness.

VIDEO | Eyewitness News obtained exclusive video of a man diving out of the way of the U-Haul truck seconds before he would have been struck:

Video obtained exclusively by Eyewitness News shows the U-Haul truck jumping the curb and racing down the sidewalk.

Surveillance video showed that U-Haul box truck flying up onto sidewalks Monday morning.

The truck mowed down pedestrians and people on bikes across eight different crime scenes in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge and Red Hook.

The nearly hour-long rampage ended near the Brooklyn Battery tunnel when an NYPD cruiser boxed the truck in.

A total of ten people were hit, and one of the victims has died.

We spoke to witnesses of who say as bad as this was, it could have been even worse.

Shannon Sohn in Newscopter 7 describes the mayhem left behind in Brooklyn:

Shannon Sohn in Newscopter 7 describes the extent of the mayhem left behind after a U-Haul driver struck 8 people in Brooklyn.

We reached out to U-Haul, which tells us the truck was rented from their facility in West Palm Beach Florida on February 1 with a return date of March 3.

Former NYPD Chief of Detectives and ABC News Contributor Robert Boyce said it is difficult not to compare this incident to the man who drove a truck through a crowded street in Manhattan killing several people back in 2017.

Monday's incident coincided with the start of the death penalty phase in Saipov's trial.

VIDEO | Robert Boyce on bomb squad investigating U-Haul in Red Hook

Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce gives update on U-Haul crash into pedestrians in Brooklyn.

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