At least eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured in New York City today, when the driver of a truck sped down a bike path. Authorities are calling the event an act of terror.
New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill, said in a news conference that the 29-year-old driver was shot in the abdomen by police. The driver was taken into custody once he crashed the truck into a school bus and fled.
According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the incident was an “apparent act of terrorism.”
The driver has not yet been identified.
The terror act occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. on a Lower Manhattan bike path. The man was armed with a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun.
A rented trucked marked “Home Depot” was identified as driven by the 29-year-old.
Six individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, two others were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to auhorities.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said 11 survivors with serious but non-life-threatening injuries were taken to hospitals.
The names of the deceased have not been released.
Authorities believe the driver acted alone and have no evidence that he was part of a larger plot.