A person in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path close to the World Commerce Middle memorial Tuesday, killing not less than eight folks and injuring a number of others in what the mayor referred to as “a very cowardly act of terror.”
The 29-year-old driver was shot by police after leaping out of the truck with what turned out to be a faux gun in every hand, officers mentioned. He was taken into custody. His situation was not instantly disclosed.
Witnesses described a scene of panic and blood, with folks screaming in concern and the trail strewn with our bodies and mangled bicycles.
Cities across the globe have been on alert in opposition to assaults by extremists in autos. The Islamic State has been encouraging its followers to mow down folks, and Britain, France and Germany have all seen lethal car assaults in latest months and years.
Police mentioned the car, a rented House Depot truck, entered the bike path on West Road a number of blocks from the brand new World Commerce Middle and mowed down a number of folks. The truck additionally slammed right into a small yellow college bus, injuring two adults and two youngsters.
A paintball gun and a pellet gun had been discovered on the scene, police mentioned.
“This was an act of terror, and a very cowardly act of terror aimed toward harmless civilians,” Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned.
At the very least two our bodies could possibly be seen mendacity on the trail beneath tarps, and the entrance finish of the pickup was smashed in.
Tom Homosexual, a faculty photographer, was on Warren Road and heard folks saying there was an accident. He went all the way down to West Road and a lady got here across the nook shouting, “He has a gun! He has a gun!”
Homosexual mentioned he caught his head across the nook and noticed a slender man in a blue observe swimsuit working southbound on West Road holding a gun. He mentioned there was a heavyset man pursuing him.
He mentioned he heard 5 or 6 pictures and the person within the tracksuit fell to the bottom, gun nonetheless raised within the air. He mentioned a person came visiting and kicked the gun out of his hand.
The assault closed roads throughout the western fringe of Manhattan alongside the Hudson River and despatched uniformed officers speeding to the neighborhood as folks ready for Halloween festivities, together with an annual parade via Greenwich Village.
Eugene Duffy, 43, a chef at a waterfront restaurant, mentioned he was crossing West Road when he heard one thing, turned again and noticed the white pickup on the bike path.
After seeing the mangled bikes, he ran south, seeing the college bus that appeared to have been T-boned, and officers on the scene, weapons drawn, ducked behind patrol vehicles.
“So many police got here they usually did not know what was taking place,” Duffy mentioned. “Folks had been screaming. Females had been screaming on the prime of their lungs.”
Uber driver Chen Yi mentioned he noticed a truck plow into folks on a well-liked bike path adjoining to the West Aspect Freeway. He mentioned he then heard seven to eight pictures after which police pointing a gun at a person kneeling on the pavement.
“I noticed lots of blood over there. Lots of people on the bottom,” Yi mentioned.
Video footage of the college bus confirmed its proper facet bashed in, and firefighters surrounding it as they labored to free youngsters inside.
The White Home mentioned President Donald Trump was briefed on the assault.