When he spoke with authorities at the hospital, he allegedly showed no remorse for the lives he had taken.
One source told ABC News that he seemed 'proud' and said he was 'boasting'.
Batista, who works in construction and has lived at his current address for the past year, also recalled getting into a altercation with two of Saipov's friends this summer.
He was shot in the stomach during the rampage, and underwent surgery at Bellevue Hospital.
Abu Mohammad, who stopped to talk to Daily after leaving afternoon prayer service at the Omar Mosque in Paterson, New Jersey, on Wednesday, said he last saw the suspect at the mosque about two months ago and first set eyes on him there two years back.'I didn't know him by name, but I would see him there every two to three months,' the 46-year-old Pakistani national, said. He called me brother and I did the same back at him.' Abu railed against the U. foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly blaming the President Bush senior and son era for escalating tensions. Saipov, an Uzbek native, was a Muslim who attended a 'suspicious' mosque in New Jersey and was allegedly radicalized sometime after moving to the U. According to North Jersey.com, the NYPD has been studying the Omar Mosque in Paterson, near Saipov's home, as a possible location for 'budding terrorist conspiracies'.
'I totally get what he did,' Abu said of the suspect. Ken (Khader) Abuassab, founder and director of the American Arab Civic Organization, an outreach program in the state of New Jersey and based in Paterson denounced the attack and said Saipov's actions do not reflect the beliefs of Muslim people.
Mr Jobson, a mechanical engineer and part-time farmer, said: 'Lady is completely unfazed by the sheep.
She doesn't even realise that they are following her round the field.'She is brilliant with them though.
Footage shows the oblivious Basset hound wandering around in a field as dozens of sheep traipse after her, tracking her every movement.