New York Death Toll Rises As Video Of Attack Is Released
At least seven people have been killed and fifteen others are injured in New York City after a rented van drove down a bike path that runs along the Hudson River in Manhattan.
The New York City Police Department, in a post on Twitter, said that one vehicle struck another, then the driver of one of the vehicles "got out displaying imitation firearms."
Police said the suspect was shot by officers and has been taken into custody.
A law enforcement source said the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.
A police spokesman posted a photo showing a white pickup truck on the bike path with its front end smashed. The truck had the logo of the Home Depot hardware store chain on its door.
An witness told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck drive south down the bike path alongside the West Side Highway at full speed and hit several people. The witness, who was identified only as Eugene, said bodies were lying outside Stuyvesant High School, one of the city's elite public schools.
He also reported hearing about nine or 10 shots, but was not sure where they came from.
A video apparently filmed at the scene and circulated online showed scattered bikes on the bike path and two people lying on the ground.]
Video of the suspect in attack near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) October 31, 2017
6+ dead, 15+ injured. Reports that he yelled Allahu Akbar. pic.twitter.com/6NXtRhPbwS
Uber driver Chen Yi said he saw a truck plough into people on a popular bike path adjacent to the West Side Highway. He said he then heard seven to eight shots and then police pointing a gun at a man kneeling on the pavement.
"I saw a lot of blood over there. A lot of people on the ground," Yi said.
His passenger, Dmitry Metlitsky, said he also saw police standing near a man who was on his knees with his hands up, and another man bleeding on the ground nearby. He said the truck had also collided with a small school bus and one other vehicle.
City Hall said Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed about the incident. The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the governor was heading to the scene.
More as we get it.
AAP/ staff writers