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CT commuters react to deadly terror attack in Manhattan

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The investigation into NYC's terror attack is expected to continue for days (WFSB) The investigation into NYC's terror attack is expected to continue for days (WFSB)

The investigation into the apparent terror attack is still very active and is expected to continue for days.

Tuesday’s attack in lower Manhattan will have an impact on almost everyone trying to get in and out of the city, including many Connecticut commuters.

On Tuesday night, the investigation spread out over several city blocks, including West Street, which was taped off as far as the eye could see.

The investigation was happening in the shadows of One World Trade Center, bringing back horrific memories for many, and making new ones for those too young to have lived through Sept. 11, 2001.

“I heard what sounded like fireworks. I thought it was because of Halloween, like it was just loud sounds,” said eyewitness Ezra Goodman, who heard the noise and the sirens as he was walking out of the Chambers Street subway station.

When he got home and saw that 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov was shot by police after allegedly mowing down pedestrians with his truck, he connected the dots.

“I really thought about it and what it actually was,” Goodman said.

Tuesday’s apparent lone wolf terror attack, which killed 8 and injured at least 11, is impacting a brand new generation.

“It was really hard to process. The last time anything big happened, it was 9/11 and I wasn't even alive so it was really hard to process and I didn't know how to take this,” Goodman said.

Channel 3 cameras captured agents suited up in white on Tuesday evening. New York city and state police officers blocked access to blocks of the West Side Highway, and armed officers were stationed on nearly every block of lower Manhattan and Tribeca.

“It's something I never experienced before, and it's hard. I'm used to going around anytime and I feel safe at home. Feeling this way is not something I experienced before,” said Viraj Kathariua, of New York.

While New Yorkers are still coming to terms with another attack on their soil, the lights of the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center was red, white, and blue, a reminder of the message that was preached by city officials, to continue to live life as normal.

While there was a more somber feel in the area on Tuesday evening, New Yorkers heeded the advice from officials and enjoyed their Halloween night.

The investigation is expected to continue days and it will impact those in Connecticut and beyond, especially those traveling into the city in the coming days.

As folks stepped off the train at New Haven's Union Station on Tuesday evening, they could not help but think about the terror they left behind in New York.

“It's sad. I think it's the state of the world,” said Charles Bailey, who is a New Haven native and lives in New York City now.

He likes the hustle and bustle of his new hometown but he most of all he loves the people there. When he found out about the truck attack, his heart sank.

“I'm praying for everybody that's affected and I’m just hoping that everything works out where they catch the people that need to be caught. And that this doesn't happen again. I don't want any more copycats,” Bailey said.

Some were stunned that an attack like this could happen in New York.

“Eight people dying that's just not something that you'd ever think you'd walk into. When I woke up today I didn't think about that and I’m sure those people didn't either,” said Donald Burruss, of New Haven.

Others, like Devin Gill of Milford, said the thing that hurts the most is that at this point attacks like this though repulsive are hardly shocking.

“I'm not surprised and I do get numb to it. I kind of think ‘oh, it happened again’,” Gill said.

While everyone is mourning Tuesday night, travelers on the trains said they won’t let a criminal make them live in fear.

“You definitely take extra precautions when you go out but you definitely don't live in fear. At the end of the day you live your life you're not going to live your life afraid,” Bailey said.

Travelers on Metro North and Amtrak trains likely won't notice any changes on their commutes into New York on Wednesday, however once they reach the city they may see a huge increase of police officers as NYPD is increasing manpower in the city.

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