By Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press |
A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring at least 11 others in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”
The driver was shot in the abdomen by police and taken into custody after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting “Allahu Akbar!,” or “God is great” in Arabic, officials said. His condition was not immediately released.
Two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. He has a Florida driver’s license but may have been staying in New Jersey.
Some of the people who were injured in the attack were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where there is a heavy police presence. Ten people had been rushed to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in the wake of the attack, and two of those victims were pronounced dead at the hospital.
As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, three of the injured at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital were in critical condition, while the others are in either fair or good condition.