Shots Fired In Lower Manhattan Was 'Absolutely An Attack' Witness Says

Randolph Lopez
November 1, 2017

Police said the vehicle, a rented Home Depot truck, entered the bike path on West Street a few blocks from the World Trade Center memorial and struck at least 15 people, leaving mangled bicycles behind.

The suspect then got out of the truck, yelled "Allahu akbar" and displayed a paintball gun and a pellet gun. "There are several fatalities and numerous people injured", the New York Police Department said in a series of tweets describing the act. The guy with the two guns, for some reason, was running around.

Uber driver Chen Yi said he saw a truck plow into people on a popular bike path adjacent to the West Side Highway. "And then all of the sudden, four shots went off and we all just started running".

A witness said the truck also collided with a small bus and one other vehicle.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also issued a statement, saying: "To New Yorkers: be New Yorkers, live your life, and don't let them change us or deter us in any way, manner, shape, or form".

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The incident occurred near the intersection of Chambers Street around 3 p.m., officials said. Mayor Bill de Blasio's office says the mayor is now en route to the scene.

Police investigate a vehicle allegedly used in a ramming incident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan. "When I ran up the bridge, I saw this dude with two guns".

The NYPD said the suspect was shot twice by police and taken into custody. The witness, who was identified only as Eugene, said bodies were lying outside Stuyvesant High School, one of the city's elite public schools.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident, the White House said.

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