New York City Police officials have announced that the death toll has increased to 8, with as many as 12 others injured, in an apparent terror attack in downtown Manhattan, New York Tuesday afternoon.
The man drove a rented Home Depot truck about 9 blocks down a bike path, mowing down pedestrians and bicyclists on the path. He was reportedly going about 40 miles per hour, in a deliberate attempt to hit as many people as possible.
The driver of the truck rammed a school bus, then jumped out of the Home Depot truck yelling, “Allahu Akbar!” Police shot the suspect, but his injuries are not life-threatening. He is in custody, and is being treated at a hospital for his injuries, under heavy guard.
President Trump sent out a statement on Twitter after the incident, saying, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”
In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
At a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that a planned Halloween parade will go on Tuesday evening, with heightened security.
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