“Based on the information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the Elsman was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said her 13-year-old sister was among the injured victims.
Nigro said four patients were also taken to hospitals with “various traumatic injuries.”
“None of the four are right now likely to perish,” Nigro said. “Conditions can change. We’re very hopeful, the fact they were treated here quickly and removed quickly, that they will survive.”
Three other people received serious injuries and 15 others received minor injuries, Nigro said.
The mayor said Rojas was a US citizen and Navy veteran. His last DWI arrest was in 2015 ABC-7 reported, citing unnamed police sources who said Rojas told officers he “smoked something.”
Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, Tasneem Nashrulla, and David Mack contributed to this report.