In what could be the deadliest in New York City since 9/11, eight people were killed and a dozen injured when a motorist in a rented pickup truck speeded down a bike path in lower Manhattan and mowed down several people before crash-stopping into a school bus carrying disabled children.
Witnesses say the gunman stepped out of the truck shouting 'Allahu Akbar' before firing a BB or pellet gun. A police officer on patrol in the area returned fire, hitting the suspect in the abdomen and ending the Halloween horror less than a mile from the World Trade Center, site of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001.
"The incident began at about 3:05 p.m., when the vehicle entered the West Street pedestrian and bike path north of Chambers Street, hitting multiple people on the path," New York City police said.
Authorities say the man, identified as a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, left a note in the truck claiming he committed the ghastly attack on behalf of the Islamic State. The attack appears to be very similar to other ISIS-inspired road attacks in Europe in the last few years.This was an act of terror and particularly cowardly act of terror," Mayor Bill de Blasio said later in the day at a briefing. "We know this action was intended to test our spirit, he added.