Police officers secure an area following a shooting incident in New York on October 31.
At least eight people were killed and nine more were injured in a terrorist attack Tuesday in Lower Manhattan. Police say the 29-year-old male suspect was shot by a responding officer and taken into custody. His identity hasn’t yet been disclosed by authorities.
“Let me be clear, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a police briefing.
This is the first terrorist attack with fatalities in the U.S. since September 11, 2001, and it happened just blocks away.
Police say it started at 3:05 p.m. local time when the suspect drove the truck southbound on the West Side Highway at Houston Street, striking bicyclists and pedestrians on the way to Chambers Street, where it collided with a school bus nearby Stuyvesant High School. Police said two adults and two children were injured as a result of the crash.
The suspect exited the vehicle and displayed a paintball gun and a pellet gun before a responding officer shot him. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is in police custody.
Witnesses described the chaotic scene that took place just blocks from the World Trade Center, saying they heard the suspect was yelling “Allahu Akbar” as he ran out of the truck.
“He did make a statement when he exited the vehicle,” New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. “If you look at the M.O. of the attack, that’s consistent with what’s been going on. That, along with the statement, have enabled us to label this a terrorist attack.”
The attack took place just 0.5 miles away from One World Trade Center, where 16 years ago, 2,606 people were killed by terrorists who drove two planes into the World Trade Center.
Check below for how close the incident took place to the site of the World Trade Center.
Google MapsA map showing the proximity of the attack in Manhattan to the One World Trade Center.
New Yorkers and all of America fondly remembers that day and the response in unity that followed. De Blasio said at the press briefing that he’s confident his city will come back from the attack like they did on 9/11.
“We know that this action was intended to break our spirit,” he said. “But we also know New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient, and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and an act meant to intimidate us.”