TRIBECA, Manhattan — A man described as a “lone wolf” deliberately drove a rented truck into a West Side bike path in lower Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring 11 others in the first terror attack in New York City since 9/11.
A high ranking police source tells PIX11 News the suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Tampa, Florida. Saipov was brandishing two fake guns when he exited the truck after the multi-block rampage, yelling “Allah Akbar,” which is Arabic for God is great.
“This was an act of terror — a cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians going about their lives,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This action was intended to break our spirit. But New Yorkers are strong. New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence.”
The victims were hit by a rented Home Depot truck around Hudson Street and Chambers Street shortly after 3 p.m. The driver entered the West Side Highway pedestrian/bike path a few blocks north of Chambers Street, striking multiple people along the path — some of who were on bicycles.
At Chambers Street, the truck collided with a school bus injuring two adults and two children. After the collision, the driver exited the truck holding a paintball gun and pellet gun. A police officer confronted the suspect shot him in the abdomen. Injuries to the suspect, who was taken into custody, are not life threatening.
Photos from the scene show a damaged school bus and mangled bikes litter the street.
“I saw the car crash so I ran up the bridge,” a witness at the scene told PIX11’s Myles Miller. “When I ran up the bridge, I saw this dude with two guns. The guy with the two guns, for some reason, was running around. He was getting chased. And then all of the sudden, four shots went off and we all just started running.”
“A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus,” one person on scene tweeted. “I see two dead bodies and citibikes on the floor destroyed.”
The incident happened near both Stuyvesant High School and Borough of Manhattan Community College, several blocks north of the World Trade Center.
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.
— Moe (@Moe_NYC) October 31, 2017
Developing story – more to come
Due to police activity, avoid the area of Chambers Street/West St.
One person is in custody. Expect many emergency personnel in the area. pic.twitter.com/rSECr0LRCN
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017