A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring at least a dozen others, New York City’s mayor says.
Police said the vehicle, a rented Home Depot pickup, entered the bike path on West Street a few blocks from the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people, leaving mangled bicycles behind.
The driver was then shot by police after jumping out of the vehicle with what turned out to be two fake guns — which police later said were a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
“New Yorkers do not give in in the face of these kinds of actions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, as he thanked police and first responders for their efforts.
He said there would be “extensive” additional deployments of police and urged people to be vigilant.
A suspect, who has not yet been named by police, was taken into custody and transferred to hospital.
Police didn’t offer much information about the 29-year-old man as they outlined the timeline of the attack, which began around 3 p.m. ET.
The New York Times cited law enforcement officials who said that the suspect yelled “Allahu Akbar” when he got out of the truck, but at a news conference the police commissioner wouldn’t confirm the report.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, who noted that the investigation is just hours old, said the driver said something when he got out of the truck that was “consistent” with a terrorist attack.