According to local sources a truck has stated that at least 6 people have been killed by a truck that plowed into a bike path. The truck, which is a Home Depot rental truck jumped the curb at West Houston Street and drove onto the bike path.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene and it has been widely reported that the investigation is thought to be looking at terrorism as the motive. The use of trucks has been a hallmark of ISIS inspired attacks in Europe but so far the USA has not rarely been targeted this way.
All media responding to the incident in Lower Manhattan are asked to meet DCPI reps at Chambers Street and Greenwich Street. pic.twitter.com/p96qq0CQ1a
— Martin Speechley (@NYPDSpeechley) October 31, 2017
The driver exited the vehicle after it came to a stop and was seen to be carrying imitation firearms. The suspect was then shot by police and has since been taken into police custody and their wounds are being treated at a local hospital. NYPD have tweeted that there have been “several fatalities” and “numerous people injured”. It is believed that the suspect was alone and NYPD have confirmed that they are not looking for any other suspects.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is said to be heading to the scene along with New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Mayor’s been briefed on extremely preliminary info. NO active threat. https://t.co/stFPJ01eo4
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) October 31, 2017
Emergency services are on the scene and there are several destroyed bicycles around the stricken white rental truck. It is believed that the investigation is now in the hands of specialist anti-terrorism officers. Whilst it is yet to be confirmed that the incident is terror related, the appearance of anti-terror officers and the anecdotal reports coming from those on the scene do appear to confirm that we are looking at a terrorist attack, more than likely inspired by ISIS. The use of trucks is now a signature for them as it is a low tech way to kill and it is easy to get hold of the vehicles to do it with.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.