Bill de Blasio, Mayor of NY told reporters that there weren't any indications to prove that it was an act of terror.
A woman who used to live in the building, Fati Razak, said she occasionally sees Rojas when she returns to visit her mother. The 26 year-old Bronx native and United States citizen ran his auto into a crowd of people and killed one person, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a press conference.
They said he had been arrested twice for drunken driving in 2008 and 2015, and once earlier this month for menacing.
Police did not immediately release the cause of the crash. "I wanted to kill them", law enforcement sources quoted the accused as telling police following his arrest, the BBC wrote.
"I was in shock, I was screaming", witness Kristen Boyce told NBC New York. "No one even saw it coming".
"All of a sudden I heard this boom and a vehicle is barreling down Seventh Avenue hitting people, just, 'Boom!"
Witnesses described a harrowing scene that started with screeching tires and ended with screams, panic and a fiery crash at one of the world's most visited sites.
Police say they do not now believe the crash was in any way linked to terrorism.
Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests are pending, according to officials. The New York Police Department says the driver drove along the sidewalk for at least three blocks, hitting pedestrians as he went.
NEW YORK (AP) - A man who was behind the wheel of a auto that barreled through crowds of pedestrians in Times Square told police after his arrest that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP, according to a criminal complaint.
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The Honda first mounted the sidewalk at 7th Avenue and West 42nd Street, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said. It stopped when it struck a metal stanchion.
The carnage happened in a part of the city that has always been considered a possible terrorist target because of its large crowds, a concern that became elevated after the September 11 attacks and compounded by recent attacks in England, France and Germany in which vehicles plowed through crowds of pedestrians.
The body of a young woman identified as Alyssa Elsman, 18, a visitor from Portage, Michigan, lay covered with a bloodstained sheet at 43rd Street.
One of the hospitals treating the injured said four patients were in critical condition Thursday night. Five people who were hurt declined medical attention at the scene. In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, one of the law enforcement officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was briefed at the scene.
The White House says that President Donald Trump has been "made aware" that a auto plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square and that he will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds.
President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation and will continue to receive updates, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
People attend to an injured man after a vehicle plunged into him in Times Square in NY on May 18, 2017.
Rojas was in the Navy, the military confirmed.
Officials said Rojas served in the US Navy but was discharged after disciplinary problems.