Flaming fatal crash at concert hall probed as possible domestic terror

 January 3, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A fatal vehicle crash that happened just outside a concert hall in Rochester, New York, where a New Year's event was being held is being investigated as possible domestic terror, according to reports.

CNN cited a source as explaining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is reviewing the situation – partly because one vehicle was found filled with burned gas cans after Monday's collision.

The report identified a suspect as Michael Avery of Syracuse in the situation in which an SUV crashed into a crowd outside the Kodak Center and killed two, injuring another five.

On Tuesday, Rochester Police Chief David Smith indicated: "We've not uncovered any information leading us to believe that the actions of Michael ... are motivated by any form of political or social biases."

The horror happened early on New Year's Day when a Ford SUV hit a Mitsubishi vehicle that was leaving a parking lot there.

The vehicles, after the crash, slid into a group of pedestrians.

The report explained two passengers in the Mitsubishi were killed and the driver was hospitalized, while the driver of the Ford SUV was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The crash burned for nearly an hour before firefighters gained control, and then investigators discovered "at least a dozen gasoline canisters in and around the striking vehicle," the report explained the chief confirmed.

The investigation was ongoing, with the FBI confirming it was working with local law enforcement.

A rock band, called moe, was performing at the venue, and posted a comment on Facebook, "On a night that was meant for celebration and togetherness, we are faced instead with a tragedy that defies understanding. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives, and our thoughts are with those who were injured."

The Jerusalem Post reported that the presence of the dozen gas containers, as well as the fact that the collision was at the Kodak Center, added evidence to the suggestion of terrorism.

The report explained the driver of the SUV that hit the other vehicle had parked his own car at Syracuse Airport and was a noted the SUV.

The report explained, "Geoffery Rogers, a local journalist, said on the social network X that witnesses to the crash said that the car was speeding before it ran over pedestrians and crashed, telling him 'it seemed like a terrorist attack.'"

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