Breaking News!!: Lower Manhattan, NY: Man driving a Home Depot pickup truck runs over pedestrians along a bikepath in a terrorist attack.
A man driving a Home Depot pickup truck has ran over pedestrians along the bikepath in Lower Manhattan, New York in what is being called a terrorist attack killing and injury several people.
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At around 3:05pm ET, a 29 year old man of Middle Eastern descent driving a Home Depot pickup truck began running over people along a bikepath on West Street, a few blocks north of Chambers Street, for 20 blocks hiting multiple people along the bikepath.
The Home Depot pickup truck crashed into a school bus with 2 adults and 2 children near the World Trade Center Memorial.
At least 8 people were killed and 15 people have been injured in the terrorist attack.
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According to the New York Police Department, the suspect brandished what appeared to be weapons before being shot by a New York Police Department Officer from the 1st Precinct and the suspect taken to a hospital.
Authorities have identified the suspect as 29 year old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov who entered the United States of America from Uzbekistan in 2010.
Authorities are confirming that after ramming a school bus, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov emerged from the Home Depot pickup truck shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
The New York Police Department along with federal officials are calling this “an act of terrorism” involving a “lone wolf” and is investigating this “terrorist incident”.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference that the incident was “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”
NBC New York is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force have joined police on the scene.
Reports that the Home Depot pickup truck was rented in New Jersey.
Streets around West Street and Chambers Street are closed and traffic is very heavy in the area.
Security is being heightened for a Halloween parade along 6th Avenue and organizers say the event is still on and they expected to have millions of people.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan New York. **
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