Around 3:25 pm Eastern time Tuesday, a truck drove into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The New York Police Department confirmed “several fatalities” and “numerous people injured.”
“Based on the information we have so far, this was an act of terror,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference hours after the attack. He also confirmed that so far eight people died and over a dozen are injured.
The truck continued along the path until it hit another vehicle, at which point the suspect got out of the truck bearing imitation firearms, according to the police. The suspect was then shot by authorities and is now in custody, police say.
President Donald Trump was briefed by Chief of Staff John Kelly on the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill was also briefed on the situation. The NYPD will conduct a press conference at 5:15 pm with more information.
As this is an ongoing story, we will update this post with more official information as it becomes available.