UPDATE: At Least 8 Killed After Truck Plows Into NYC Crowd; Suspect Yelled Allahu Akbar Before Shooting
In an attack that bears the hallmarks of terror assaults in the UK, Spain and France, a truck veered into the West Side Highway bike lane at 3:15pm on Tuesday afternoon, and mowed down cyclists and pedestrians, leaving as many as six dead and up to 15 injured near Chambers Street and West Street near Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. Witnesses described a scene of terror, saying a man in a truck ran over two people before plowing into a school bus.
“Jesus! A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus. I see two dead bodies and citibikes on the floor destroyed,” a Twitter user wrote.
The as-yet-unidentified suspect has reportedly been taken into custody after being shot by police, according to the New York Times.
More than a dozen people were hit when a Home Depot rental truck zoomed at least 10 blocks down a popular bike bath from West Houston to Chambers streets according to NBC. Witnesses at the scene said the man also hit a school bus at some point during the alleged rampage.
Sources said that the driver hit a truck at Chambers street and got out of the vehicle with a gun. A witness said the man then fired the weapons - which sources said may have been a BB gun.
"A guy got out with his biker jacket and started shootin gup the place," he said. "All the kids were in the courtyard at P.S. 89 and started running." The suspect was then shot by police, according to sources. He's in custody, police say.
Police said the suspect may have shouted Allahu Akbar before the attack, according to several witnesses.
NBC is reporting that shots were fired at the scene, but it's unclear if those shots were fired by police responding to the incident or the attacker. The vehicle also collided with a school bus carrying students from Stuyvesant High School.
NBC aired the following footage shot by high school student of purported assailant in Manhattan.