How A Heroic Cop Stopped Yesterday's Terror Attack In New York City

"We go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever."



Editor's note: A Plus does not publish the names of mass shooters in an effort to combat mass shooting contagion. Throughout this piece, we will refer to the alleged perpetrator of this attack as the suspect.

New York City police officer Ryan Nash went from routine call to New York hero in a matter of moments. The 28-year-old Nash walked right into the middle a deadly terror attack on Tuesday after responding to a call. The 1st Precinct officer arrived just after a man allegedly rammed a Home Depot rental truck into pedestrians in the bike lane in downtown Manhattan, killing eight people and wounding a reported 11 others.

The suspect exited the car brandishing two weapons, which turned out to be a paintball gun and pellet gun. Nash chased the suspect and opened fire, shooting him in the stomach and putting an end to the attack just moments after it began, law enforcement sources told The New York Post.

"The uniformed police officer assigned to the 1st Precinct confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said in a press conference.

The suspect survived Nash's shot and was in critical condition in a New York City hospital on Tuesday night. Nash was treated at Bellevue Hospital for ringing in his ears. Nash has been on the force for a little more than five years. 

In a show of resilience, just hours after the attack, New Yorkers marched on in the annual Halloween parade without incident. 

"We go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever. We're not going to let them win, and if we change our lives, we contort ourselves to them, then they win and we lose," Cuomo said at a press conference after the attack, according to ABC News.

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