New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has increased security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems around the state following a vehicle attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center.
The governor has directed the lights on the spire of 1 World Trade Center be lit in red, white and blue in honor of freedom and democracy. He says additional security personnel are being deployed to high-density areas and large public gatherings.
A U.S. official familiar with the investigation into a man suspected of driving a rented truck down a bike path near the World Trade center and killing eight people says the man is from Uzbekistan and came to the U.S. in 2010.
The official was briefed on the investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and talked to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The official says Sayfullo Saipov rented the vehicle Tuesday afternoon about an hour before the attack.
The NYPD has tweeted out a timeline of events.
At approximately 3:05pm a 29 y/o male drove a rented Home Depot truck onto the bike/pedestrian path at West St/Houston St driving south.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
The truck drove south on the path striking multiple people. 8 people were killed, 11 have serious but non-life threatening injuries.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
While driving south on the path the truck collided with a school bus at West St & Chambers St.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
After colliding with the school bus the man exited holding two firearms. An officer assigned to the area fired, striking him in the stomach.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
The President has commented on Twitter about the incident in New York City that has left eight people dead and fifteen injured Tuesday afternoon.
In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
First Lady Trump sends out her condolences and regards.
Vice President Pence:
Saddened by the tragedy in NYC. Our prayers are w/the victims, their families & first responders. Those responsible must be held accountable— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 31, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan:
Our hearts are with the victims of this apparent act of terror in New York City. Thank you to all the first responders.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 31, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
We’re monitoring the situation in New York City closely – my condolences to the families of all those affected by today’s attack.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 31, 2017
A man driving a rented Home Depot van veered into a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, mowing down several people and colliding with other vehicles before exiting the truck screaming and holding what appeared to be two guns, police and witnesses said.
The violent incident left at least eight dead and even more injured, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing. He urged New Yorkers to "be vigilant."
"Let me be clear -- this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror," he said. Noting there was no evidence of a larger plot, he called the incident a "lone wolf attack."
A law enforcement official says at least eight people were killed and fifteen injured when a rented van drove on a bike path near the World Trade Center in New York City.
The official was familiar with the investigation but wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The driver of the rented Home Depot van emerged from the vehicle screaming. The official says the man had two imitation firearms.
Police say the man was shot by officers and is in custody.
The FBI is investigated the attack as a possible case of terrorism.
Police and witnesses say a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a gun.
An Associated Press photographer on the scene Tuesday witnessed at least two bodies lying motionless on the path beneath tarps.
The New York Police Department posted on its Twitter feed that one person was in custody. The department says it's unclear whether anyone was shot.
A man who was riding in an Uber along the West Side Highway near Chambers street says he saw several bleeding people on the ground after a truck struck several people.
A witness said the truck had also collided with a small bus and one other vehicle.
A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio told WABC that the mayor has been briefed on the incident. Though there is no active threat, multiple people were injured -- possibly struck by a vehicle and also possibly shot, he said.
The Mayor is en route to the scene of the incident in Lower Manhattan.— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) October 31, 2017
The mayor is currently en route to the scene, according to his office's official Twitter account.
Snapchat users captured the incident that occurred in various videos that were shot.
Earlier a vehicle entered the West St. pedestrian/bike path a few blocks north of Chambers St.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
This is an ongoing story and will be updated as soon as information is available.
A number of people were shot near the West Village in Lower Manhatten Tuesday afternoon, New York Police Department said.
The New York Police Department took one person into custody Tuesday, according to their official Twitter account.
The statement came after several social media reports of shots fired in the same vicinity.