[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."

Source(s): Reuters