NEW YORK (Reuters) - 8 people were killed and numerous others injured in New York City on Tuesday afternoon after a vehicle drove down a bike path that runs alongside the Hudson River in Manhattan, police said.
The pickup truck crashed into another vehicle after striking bicyclists and pedestrians, and the driver got out wielding what police later said were “imitation” guns. The driver was shot by police before being taken into custody, the New York City Police Department said in a posting on its Twitter account.
The federal government was treating it as a terrorist attack, two U.S. government officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
NYC: Eight people are dead, more than a dozen injured
A police spokesman posted a photo showing a white pickup truck on the bike path with its front end mangled and the hood crumpled. The truck was adorned with logos of the Home Depot hardware store chain.
Mangled and flattened bicycles littered the bike path, which runs parallel to the West Side Highway on the western edge of Manhattan along the Hudson River.
One witness, John Williams, a 22-year-old student, told reporters at the scene that he heard about five gunshots before seeing a large man with curly hair being taken into custody.
Multiple bikes are crushed along a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York, NY, U.S.
“He seemed very calm,” Williams said. “He was not putting up a fight.”
The police have not confirmed any gunfire besides shots fired by officers.
A witness told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck drive south on the bike path 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.
A video apparently filmed at the scene and circulated online showed scattered bikes on the bike path and at least two people lying on the ground.
A suspect drove a white truck down a heavily trafficked bike path in New York City on Thursday.
Both U.S. President Donald President and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed about the incident, their offices said. The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the governor was heading to the scene.
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.