UPDATED October 31 9:20 p.m. ET: 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov of Tampa, Florida has been identified as the attacker. NBC is reporting law enforcment sources as saying Saipov left a note in the rented vehicle in which he writes that he committed the attacks for ISIS.
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Eight people were killed in a terrorist event in downtown Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, and more were injured. The incident occurred when a truck ran onto a narrow bicycle path, hitting numerous people along the way.
The NYPD held a press briefing alongside Mayor DeBlasio. They confirmed that the driver struck a number of pedestrians and bikers before hitting a schoolbus. The suspect, a 29-year-old male driving a rental truck, then exited the vehicle holding a gun, and was shot by an officer and taken to a hospital. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene, police said. No other suspects are outstanding.
Eight fatalities were confirmed by the NYPD, with several more people suffering life-threatening injuries. The driver made a "statement," which was "Allahu Akbar!" according to some eyewitnesses. This, according to the press briefing, was confirmation that the incident was "a terrorist event." The FBI has been brought into the case.
Social media reports of the incident started popping up around 3:00 p.m. local time.
Roughly 90 minutes after early reports of the incident, the NYPD confirmed that a vehicle had entered a pedestrian/bike path, resulting in "several fatalities" and numerous injuries before crashing into the bus.