8 dead, 11 injured after truck drives down New York bike lane

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NEW YORK -- At least eight people were killed and 11 others were injured in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon after a truck hit people on a bike path in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called a "cowardly act of terror."

The driver of the truck, a 29-year-old man who authorities called a "lone wolf," was arrested and taken into custody after brandishing two fake guns and being shot by police.

Authorities found a note in the truck Sayfullo Saipov allegedly used in the terror attack claiming he did it in the name of ISIS, a senior law enforcement official said. The note was in English, the source said.

Saipov is a Tampa, Florida, resident who arrived in the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan. Sources said he also recently lived in Paterson, New Jersey.

The incident is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. Saipov reportedly screamed "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," 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 in lower Manhattan around Hudson Street and Chambers Street shortly after 3 p.m., according to WPIX.

The driver entered the West Street pedestrian/bike path a few blocks north of Chambers Street and hit multiple people on the path.

Six of the victims were men and died at the scene. Two others died at the hospital, according to officials. They have serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.

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The truck hit a school bus and then the driver ran out of the truck with a paintball gun and a pellet gun, police said.

The suspect was chased by police before being shot in the stomach and taken into custody. The injuries to the driver are not life threatening.

“I saw the car crash so I ran up the bridge,” a witness said. “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.”

The incident happened near Stuyvesant High School and Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Mangled bikes littered the street.


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