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Times Square driver wanted to "kill them all"

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Richard Rojas, driver in Times Square crash Richard Rojas, driver in Times Square crash
NEW YORK, N.Y. -

    
UPDATE: A man accused of mowing down a crowd of Times Square pedestrians with his car, killing one of them, has made his first appearance in court.
    
Manhattan prosecutors said in court that Richard Rojas told police after his arrest that he wanted to "kill them all."
    
They said he also told police they should have shot him.
    
Rojas's lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment Friday.
    
Police say he drove his car for three blocks into Times Square midday Thursday, hitting nearly two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him.
    
An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured.
    
The New York Police Department says Rojas, of the Bronx, was charged late Thursday with second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.
    
Police say he drove his car for three blocks in Times Square, hitting nearly two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him. An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them critically.
   
Officials say he had served in the U.S. Navy but was discharged following disciplinary problems.


UPDATE: NYPD says that driver, identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas from the Bronx, has been taken into custody, and is being tested for alcohol. NYPD spokesman also says the driver has a history of driving drunk. 

The White House says President Donald Trump has been "made aware" of the situation and will continue to receive updates as the investigation continues. 


A law enforcement official says a car that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square killed one person and injured about 20 others.

The official told The Associated Press that the driver was taken into custody after the Thursday lunchtime crash and is being tested for alcohol.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism.

Television images taken at the scene showed people being taken away on stretchers.

The car came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.

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