UPDATE: 8 Dead, 11 Injured after Vehicle Attack in Lower Manhattan
A suspect drove a rental truck down a bike path striking people in it's path.
- By Sydny Shepard
- Nov 02, 2017
[UPDATE: November 2, 2017 10:00 a.m.]
A driver plowed a rented pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, October 31, killing eight people and injuring 11 more before being shot by a police officer in what officials are calling the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since the Sept. 11, 2011 attack.
The rampage ended when the suspect, who has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, smashed the truck into a school bus, jumped out of the vehicle and run up and down the highway waiving a pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting "Allahu akabar," Arabic for "God is great."
Saipov was then shot by an officer and taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital to treat the gunshot wound.
Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the incident a terrorist attack.
Federal investigators found handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State, but investigators had not uncovered any evidence of direct communication with ISIS.
Original story below.
Six people are dead and 9 more are injured after a rented truck drove down a bike path in Lower Manhattan striking people in it's path.
NYPD has said that one suspect is in custody after exiting the vehicle brandishing what was found to be an "imitation firearm." The suspect was shot by police and taken into custody alive.
The incident, which occurred at West Street and Chambers Street around 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 31, is currently being investigated with police saying that they have not yet ruled out terrorism. The incident was originally reported as an act of road rage.
The total number of injuries wasn't immediately known, although initial reports suggested that several people were killed and numbers could go up. The extent of the injuries were not known, either.
Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.