What we know right now
- What happened: A truck drove the wrong way down the West Side Highway bike path, near the World Trade Center, for several blocks, striking people.
- The victims: Eight people are dead, more than a dozen injured.
- The suspect: The driver exited the vehicle with what appeared to be a gun and was shot by police. The individual is in police custody.
- 5:15 p.m. ET: Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner will brief the media.
Sources: Officials investigating incident as terrorism
From CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz and Jessica Schneider
Multiple law enforcement sources say the NY incident is being investigated as terrorism.
Separately four law enforcement sources said witnesses reported the suspect was yelling “Allahu Akbar” — which means God is greatest.
One law enforcement source said the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over as lead of the investigation.
A witness described chaos at the scene of a truck that plowed into several pedestrians on a New York City bike path.
“It happened out of nowhere,” he said. “I was walking down the street. It was a normal day then just out of nowhere I see people running and screaming and just multiple gunshots, one right after other. It was just completely unexpected.”
The witness said he saw a man on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. He said he saw a second man being taken into police custody.
“He wasn’t putting up a fight,” the witness said. “He was on his knees and had his hands on his head and right next to him was the white pickup truck. It had Home Depot logos on it. The front was entirely smashed in and it had smoke coming out of it.”
Home Depot confirms its truck was involved in NY incident
Matt Harrigan, spokesman for Home Depot, confirms one of their rental trucks was part of an incident in lower Manhattan.
He said they are “cooperating with authorities” in their investigation. Harrigan deferred further questions to authorities.
The suspect hit a school bus and wrecked his vehicle, a Home Depot rental pick up truck, police just said. Four people were removed from the bus with minor injuries.
President Trump has been briefed on the situation
President Trump has been briefed on the incident by Chief of Staff John Kelly and he will be continually updated as more details are known, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”