A terrorist in a rented pickup plowed by way of a busy bicycle path close to the World Commerce Middle memorial in Decrease Manhattan on Tuesday and fatally struck eight individuals, then emerged screaming and brandishing “imitation firearms” earlier than he was shot by police.
The beautiful Halloween assault, simply hours earlier than the town’s parade and festivities have been to kick off, was confirmed as a terror incident by authorities at a late-afternoon briefing. New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio and state Governor Andrew Cuomo to induce New Yorkers to be vigilant — however not afraid.
“This was an act of terror and a cowardly act of terror,” de Blasio stated, noting that New York Metropolis will not react with worry. “We’ll reply as we all the time do, we will probably be undeterred.”
The afternoon incident started with a driver careening on to a pedestrian walkway and bike path, operating over pedestrians and bikers, the New York police stated by way of Twitter. Witnesses described a horrific scene with individuals diving from the trail of the rushing truck.
“There are a number of fatalities and quite a few individuals injured,” police tweeted. “The car continued south, hanging one other car. The suspect exited the car displaying imitation firearms and was shot by NYPD.”
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Police said at least eight people were killed and nine were injured. Cuomo called the 29-year-old suspect, who is being treated at an undisclosed hospital, a “lone wolf” attacker with terrorist intentions.
“To New Yorkers, be New Yorkers. Live your life,” Cuomo said.
Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police Department, said counterterrorism units — officers with heavy artillery and tactile gear — were deployed to airports, bridges and tunnels. He said the officers also were dispatched to sweep PATH stations.
Pentangelo said there were no lockdowns at the area’s three major airports. He said the Holland and Lincoln tunnels were open, but that traffic was backed up more than usual.
“It’s rush hour, and there was traffic anticipated tonight anyway,” Pentangelo said, alluding to the Village Halloween Parade, which was expected to attract thousands before the incident….