At least eight people are dead and 12 others are injured in what is considered to be the deadliest terror attack in New York since 9/11.
The terror suspect, who has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, reportedly drove a white Home Depot truck on the opposite side of the bike lane on the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan, striking people in its wake. The truck eventually crashed into a school bus and another car, and the driver fled the vehicle while carrying fake guns before being shot by police.
It is also being reported that the terrorist shouted “Allah Akhbar!”
Here is a picture of the suspect being apprehended:
“This was an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in the same press conference that the attack appears to be a “lone wolf attack” and that New York is a prime target for those who despise America’s values.
“The truth is New York is an international symbol of freedom and democracy…that also makes us a target,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo praised the first responders on the scene of the terror attack.
“We have the finest security on the globe,” said Cuomo.
President Trump called the terrorist “a very sick and deranged person”:
One of the witnesses, Greg Ahl, told 1010 WINS he “noticed along the bike path a bunch of wrecked bicycles and as I drove it was just more and more completely and totally wrecked bicycles and people mulling around to the side.”
Another witness, Uber driver Chen Yi, told CNBC that he saw “a lot of blood” and “a lot of people on the ground” on the bike path where the terror attack took place.