[Breaking News]Eight dead in truck attack on Manhattan bike path, suspect identified
A pickup truck driver killed eight people and injured more than a dozen others when he drove down a New York City bike path on Tuesday afternoon in what authorities said was a terrorist attack.
The 29-year-old driver, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by police in the abdomen and taken into custody after he crashed the truck into a school bus and fled his vehicle, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill told a news conference.
The driver entered the bike path in lower Manhattan at 3:05 p.m. local time, O'Neill said, adding that he was armed with a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
US President Donald Trump using his Twitter account called the incident a “terrorist attack” and sent condolences to the victims and families of the attack.
A spokesperson for the US Department of Homeland Security called the incident an "apparent act of terrorism."
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack a "cowardly act of terrorism."