Eight people were killed and more than a dozen others injured Tuesday when a man plowed a rental truck through a lower Manhattan bike path in what officials called an “act of terror.”
New York City Police Comissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference that the attack began at 3:05 p.m. when a 29-year-old man drove a rented Home Depot truck into a bike and pedestrian path. The truck hit multiple people, then continued down the street and hit a school bus.
The man then got out of the truck “brandishing two handguns,” O’Neill said, at which time an officer shot him in the abdomen. The man, who police did not identify, was then taken into custody and hospitalized. Police recovered a paintball gun and a pellet gun from the scene.
O’Neill confirmed that the man yelled “allahu akbar” as he got out of the truck. The comment “enabled us to label this a terrorist event,” O’Neill added.
Eight people were killed in the incident. According to O’Neill, six people died at the scene, while two others were transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. Another 11 people were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “over a dozen” people total suffered injuries during the attack. He added that “this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”
“We know that this action was intended to break our spirit,” de Blasio continued. “But we also know New Yorkers are strong,” de Blasio continued, “New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and an act meant to intimidate us.”
Images from the scene showed at least one body lying near a sidewalk.
Another photo from the scene showed a school bus with significant damage to one side. O’Neill said two adults and two children on the bus suffered injuries.
Police said an investigation was ongoing Tuesday. The FBI told BuzzFeed News it was “responding to the incident” and had agents on the scene, but did not provide additional details.
Tawhid Kabir, 20, was at the scene and told BuzzFeed News he saw a man emerge from the truck and run “as if he was being chased.”
He said he heard five to six shots, but wasn’t sure who fired them, before police apprehended him.
Video purportedly from the scene also showed people lying on the ground, as well as mangled bicycles.
A witness, Ramon Cruz, told WABC on air that he saw the a man get out of his car, “and he was screaming in the street.”
“He look frustrated, panicked, confused,” Cruz said. “From there, a whole bunch of customers started running past me, yelling, ‘He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!’ I did not see any gun.”
Other images and video showed a significant police presence in the area, as well as what appeared to be a wrecked truck with a Home Depot logo on the hood.
Home Depot told BuzzFeed News the truck was one of the company’s rentals. A spokesperson added that Home Depot “is cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Video also showed emergency responders transporting people away from the scene on stretchers.
Tuesday evening, President Trump tweeted that the incident “looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person.”
The Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the situation and acting secretary Elaine Duke had been briefed, the agency said in a statement.
“We have recently seen attacks like this one throughout the world,” the statement added. “DHS and its law enforcement partners remain vigilant and committed to safeguarding the American people.”
Tuesday afternoon, New York council member Margaret Chin tweeted that she was “shocked and concerned.”
First Lady Melania Trump also tweeted that her “heart breaks” for New York after the incident.
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