- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

One of the world’s most famous singers says his dog may have inadvertently saved his life moments before a 29-year-old man used a truck to mow down victims in lower Manhattan.

Josh Groban was less than one block away from location of a terror attack in New York City on Tuesday that killed at least eight people. The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida, reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar” prior to being shot by police and taken into custody.

“Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F—-,” Mr. Groban began a series of tweets. “I hope everyone’s OK. Was half a block from me, didn’t see it but heard 8-10 quick rounds fired off. Be safe with your kids out there. I’m shaking. That’s the corner I was supposed to have my coffee but my dog pulled me into the park half a block away 10 min before shooting.”

The singer distanced himself from the scene before sharing video of cop cars and a fire truck heading towards victims.

“This was an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference shortly afterward. “Besides the eight deaths, at least a dozen other people were injured.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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