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The suspect is in police custody.

Jess McHugh
October 31, 2017

UPDATED October 31 5:40 p.m. ET

Government officials in New York City called Tuesday afternoon's incident "an act of terror," while thanking first responders and mourning the loss of the eight people who died when a 29-year-old male rammed a truck through a bike lane in lower Manhattan.

"This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at civilians," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.

Commissioner James O'Neill clarified that the suspect drove a Home Depot truck through the bike lane, mowing down bikers and hitting a school bus, injuring several children inside. The suspect exited the vehicle brandishing what appeared to be two firearms, at which point police officers shot him in the abdomen and transported him to a nearby hospital. Law enforcement later recovered a paintball gun and a pellet gun on the scene.

Six people were declared dead at the scene and two more were pronounced dead upon arrival at area hospitals. 

The FBI and NYPD are cooperating on a joint investigation.

“New York is an international symbol of freedom and democracy,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, adding, “that also makes us a target.”

Cuomo urged New Yorkers to continue with their daily lives, and law enforcement representatives noted that the Village Halloween Parade will take place, with added security and heavy weapons teams.

Original Story:

One person is in custody and six are dead after an incident in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed to the Associated Press. Fifteen have been reported injured.

The NYPD said a vehicle entered the bike lane a few blocks north of Chambers Street, striking several people on the path. The driver then struck another vehicle and displayed fake firearms; it was at that point that law enforcement shot the suspect and brought them into custody.

Police officers arrived quickly on the scene after reports began appearing around 3 p.m. Users on Twitter reported hearing shots fired, and one video posted appeared to show bikers on the ground after being rammed by a vehicle.

The incident took place near Chambers Street and the West Side Highway, just a brief walk from the World Trade Center and Wall Street.

Police urged people to stay away from the area — specifically "the area of West St. (Barclay St. to Christopher St.)" — and are reportedly closing a broader area in Lower Manhattan, though the exact streets being closed have not yet been confirmed.

A tweet from the NYPD reported that there are no other suspects outstanding.

Singer Josh Groban was among the people out in the area at the time. He reported hearing gun shots from half a block away on Twitter. 

Groban posted a video of officers responding to the scene.

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