[rt] At least 8 people have been reported killed and at least 12 injured in a vehicle attack near the World Trade Center memorial in lower Manhattan, New York City. Police have the driver in custody and are investigating the attack as terrorism.
Six people were reported dead on the scene, and two others were pronounced dead at the hospital, another 11 were transported to the hospital with “serious, but not life threatening” injuries, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil told reporters.
O’Neil said that the suspect was a 29-year-old male. He said that the man had a paintball gun and a pellet gun, pointing them at people.
The suspect was hospitalized after being shot in the stomach by police. The suspect had exited his vehicle after striking a school bus, with two adults and two children inside. The suspect left the vehicle “displaying imitation firearms” and was shot by police officers before being taken into custody.
Police said that a vehicle entered the bike path “a few blocks north of Chambers Street” where it “struck multiple people.” They added there there are “several” fatalities and “numerous” people injured.
CBS News reported the identity of the suspect as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov from Tampa, Florida. ABC News and other outlets have reported the same, based on police sources.
The incident is being investigated as a possible terrorism attack, an anonymous law enforcement source told Reuters.
The FBI is now treating the incident as a terrorist attack, according to CNN.
Police say there is no longer a threat to the public.