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Eight people are reported dead and at least 12 others seriously injured following a truck ramming by a white truck in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.
A Bellevue hospital source, where the terrorist is being treated and held, who wishes to remain anonymous told American Military News – when asked what the terrorist looked like – that they have seen the terrorist up close, and the driver “definitely looks middle eastern.”
In a press conference, NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio declared this as a terrorist attack.
The FBI Joint Terror Task Force is on the scene, and the NYPD says that they are treating this incident as suspected terror.
The driver of the truck rented it from a Home Depot in New Jersey and drove the truck to lower Manhattan, where he drove the truck the wrong way down a bike path and continued for about 20 blocks before the truck was stopped.
The driver then got out of the truck with a paintball gun and a BB gun, and was subsequently shot by NYPD.
It was reported that the truck driver shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he got out of his truck.
This incident comes on Halloween, when there is a big parade in the city, and just days before the New York City Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, Nov. 5.
The NYPD has been communicating with the public:
Mixed reports from witnesses are flowing into all news agencies, creating initial confusion on what exactly took place.
One eyewitness told CBS News: “I saw a truck – a white pick-up truck – going down the bicycle lane and running people over.”
Witnesses reported that they saw a white box truck enter a bike path in Midtown Manhattan and continue for about two miles before running over cyclists when the truck reached downtown.
The NYPD reports that there is no longer an active threat in the area.
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) October 31, 2017
It is unclear just exactly how many people have been hurt in the incident, with reports still incoming.
The NYPD told people to avoid the Chambers Street and West Street areas.
Here is a video of the scene: