The driver of a Home Depot truck who plowed into people in a Lower Manhattan bike lane today is said to have shouted 'Allahu Akbar' while he killed them.
At the time of this post, news reports say at least 8 people were killed by the attacker, and 15 or more are injured.
The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack by U.S. counterterrorism officials. They also say this incident is considered effectively over, the threat contained -- for now.
ABC News and other organizations are now reporting the attacker was an Uzbek national who lived in Florida.
At a briefing after the attack, authorities say the 29-year-old male driver exited the truck brandishing two handguns. An NYPD officer shot him, wounded him in his abdomen, and he was taken to the hospital. A pellet gun and a paintball gun were recovered at the scene, presumably to ensure the attacker would be able to commit 'suicide by cop.'
No evidence of a wider plot or scheme to perpetrate more attacks today, per New York governor Andrew Cuomo at a briefing at 5:25pm ET. Democracy “makes us a target for people who oppose those concepts, and we have lived through this before,” said the governor. “We're not going to let them win. If we change our lives, and we contort to them, they win and we lose.”
It's Halloween. Authorities are telling people to go trick-or-treating.
New York Gov. Cuomo: "We go forward together, and we go forward stronger than ever. We're not going to let them win" https://t.co/qLEOCPz3xk— CNN International (@cnni) October 31, 2017
BREAKING: ABC News confirms suspected ID'd as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Tampa, Florida. https://t.co/NvvFWGq259— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) October 31, 2017
From the NYC mayor's briefing at 5:25 ET.
“We have been tested as a city before, very near the site of today's tragedy. New Yorkers do not give in.” NYC mayor Bill De Blasio— xεηι נαя∂ιη (@xeni) October 31, 2017
De Blasio now: This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror... 8 people have lost lives, over a dozen more injured.— xεηι נαя∂ιη (@xeni) October 31, 2017
”Investigation under way,” De Blasio says. Asks all Americans to keep families of those lost in “thoughts and prayers,” NYers “be vigilant”— xεηι נαя∂ιη (@xeni) October 31, 2017
From the New York Times:
At least six people were killed when a man drove a pickup truck as many as 20 blocks down a bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon before he jumped out with fake guns and was shot by police officers, the authorities said.
The police did not immediately call it a terrorist attack. But two law enforcement officials said that after the attacker got out of the truck, he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar.” (Arabic for “God is great.”)
The motorist, driving south down the path in a Home Depot rental truck, hit numerous people as nearby Stuyvesant High School was letting out for the day, officials said. At least 15 people were injured.
“He jumped out of the truck with a pellet gun, yelled, ‘Allahu Akbar,” a law enforcement official said.
Photo, top: Reuters. 'A woman is aided by first responders after sustaining injury on a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York, NY, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid'
1. Officials are calling the truck ramming in Manhattan today an act of terror. Following is a thread on what I know https://t.co/uwEu0PKpNV— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) October 31, 2017
Live video from New York with an open vein of hate pic.twitter.com/yGWlFjAaWa— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) October 31, 2017
NYPD literally shot him in the ass. pic.twitter.com/P9Gr9DQJLC— xεηι נαя∂ιη (@xeni) October 31, 2017