Multiple fatalities after truck plows through cyclists on bike path in Manhattan

by Neal Rogers

At least eight people were killed, with a dozen injured, after a motorist mowed down cyclists on a bike path in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses reported that it was a deliberate act of violence, as the driver drove a Home Depot rental truck the wrong way on the West Side Highway bike path for several blocks.

CBS News reported that the suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national who lived in Tampa, Florida.

The West Side Highway bike path runs along the Hudson River, with the incident taking place in close proximity to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. At 3:05pm on Halloween, the vehicle entered the bike path at Houston Street and exited the path at Chambers Street, covering a distance of about 15 city blocks.

The vehicle collided with a school bus from Stuyvesant High School. Saipov exited the vehicle screaming, with a paintball gun and a pellet gun, and was shot by police, CNN reported. Saipov was taken into custody and being treated at a nearby hospital. A source at the New York Police Department told CNN that the NYPD is considering terrorism as part of the investigation.

According to the New York Times, two law enforcement officials said that after the attacker got out of the truck, he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”

A video posted on Twitter showed bodies and mangled bicycles on the West Side Highway bike path. In recent years, automobiles have been used in terror attacks in Nice, London, Barcelona, and Berlin.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.