BREAKING: Eight dead, 15 injured as truck plows down busy Manhattan bike path [UPDATED]

Update 7:37 p.m.:

WNBC reported that Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov allegedly rented the truck used in Tuesday’s fatal collision from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey. FBI agents are reportedly present there and at his residences in Paterson, New Jersey, and Tampa, Florida.

The local station also indicated that the 29-year-old often traveled between Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

Update 7:13 p.m.:

CBS News reported that suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, is a truck driver with residences in New Jersey and Florida. Saipov supposedly has no criminal record outside of basic traffic violations.

Update 6:56 p.m.:

Two victims are undergoing surgery at Bellevue Hospital for their injuries, according to CBS News. However, it’s unknown where the suspect is being treated.

A tweet by President Donald Trump indicated that Tuesday’s attack was linked to ISIS.

Update 6:28 p.m.:

CBS News obtained the first images of suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov:

Update 5:55 p.m.:

Multiple sources have identified the suspect to CBS News as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, from Uzbekistan. WNBC reported that his identification indicated that he lived in Tampa, Florida, and had lived in the States on a green card since 2010.

Update 5:37 p.m.:

Officials have identified the suspect as a 29-year-old male.

New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill revealed that the suspect barreled down the bike path striking a bus containing two adults and two children. An officer reportedly confronted the suspect and shot him in the abdomen. O’Neill said a paintball and pellet gun were recovered from the scene.

O’Neill confirmed that a statement made by the suspect when he exited the vehicle led them to connect the incident to terrorism.

Officials said six people died at the scene while two were later pronounced dead at the hospital. Eleven were reportedly transported to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Update 5:30 p.m.:

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio confirmed during that eight people were killed Tuesday afternoon.

“This was an act of terror, and particularly, a cowardly act of terror,” DeBlasio said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said there was “no evidence to suggest a wider plot” but said they’ll be additional police presence at subways and other high-volume areas out of caution.

Update 5:22 p.m.:

Eight people have been confirmed dead, according to WNBC.

Update 5:09 p.m.:

Authorities are now treating the incident as a suspected act of terror, according to the Independent. The FBI has reportedly taken over the investigation.

BNO News tweeted that multiple witnesses heard the suspect yell “Allahu Akbar” during the deadly ordeal. As per WNBC, police found a Florida identification card on the suspect who was taken into custody.

Officials told CNN that four people suffered minor injuries when the suspect ran into a school bus. WNBC noted that three students with special needs were on the bus at the time.

Anyone attempting to locate a loved one possibly affected by Tuesday’s incident is instructed to call 311 or 212-639-9675 (outside New York City).

Original Story: 

Sources told WNBC that at least six people were killed and 15 were injured Tuesday afternoon following reports of a shooting and truck collision in Lower Manhattan.

WNBC reported that the deadly incident occurred around 3:10 p.m. near West Street and Chambers Street in Tribeca, which is not far from a community college, high school, and blocks away from the National September 11 Memorial.

Witnesses told CBS that they saw a vehicle, possibly a rented Home Depot truck, drive down the bike path, mowing over pedestrians and cyclists.

The NYPD tweeted that they have one person in custody. WPIX reported that the suspect was shot by police. WNBC revealed that a BB or paintball gun was recovered from the scene.

“I saw the car crash so I ran up the bridge,” witness Myles Miller told the station. “When I ran up the bridge, I saw this dude with two guns. The guy with the two guns, for some reason, was running around. He was getting chased. And then all of the sudden, four shots went off and we all just started running.”

Police reportedly told The New York Times that they are not searching for additional suspects at this time. Breaking 911 reported that the incident was deemed a Mass Causality Incident (MCI).

This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for more information as it becomes available.

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