On Halloween 2017, a truck was driven down a bike lane in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and wounding even more.

The suspect, charged with providing support to a terrorist organization, was non-fatally shot by police and arrested at the scene.

Mere blocks away, former Drumheller Dragon Kevin Bui was at home in Manhattan's Financial District, preparing to attend an annual Halloween parade.

"I actually live in the Financial District which is right below Tribeca, so I'm about a five minute walk away from the World Trade Centre, and Tribeca is just north of there. It was fairly, fairly close."

"[It was] definitely a very scary situation," he revealed. "You see it on the news all the time and you hear about it, but when you're actually that close to a situation -- especially now, with New York City being my home -- it really brings reality into the light."

Undeterred, Bui still attended the Halloween parade. There, he saw a larger than average police presence.

"There's a lot more police officers around all the mass transportation. There's always a big Halloween parade [and this year] there were a lot of police officers everywhere. A bigger presence for sure."

Bui said he has been contacted by lots of family and friends to make sure he's safe, and has reached out to dozens of friends himself. Luckily, no one he knows was injured or killed.

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