CONFIRMED: Terror Attack In Lower Manhattan

“Shots” Fired, Casualties, Following Truck Rampage, Suspect, 29, Shouted “Allahu Akbar”

DEVELOPING STORY – We Will Continue To Update

Eight people are believed to be dead and multiple people injured following reports of multiple “shootings” and a truck ramming incident in lower Manhattan.  The shootings are now believed to be referring to the suspects BB or paintball gun. Majority of casualties appear to be due to the ramming of the truck.

The incident took place bear the West Side Highway with the first report of an attack coming over the police scanners at roughly 3:30 pm EST. The New York Police have confirmed that one suspect is in custody but that the investigation is on-going and there may be more suspects at large.

Update 13:

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED: The 29-year-old Islamist from Uzbekistan, Sayfullo Saipov, was named as the suspect that was shot by police.

Update 12:

6 died at the scene, all males. 2 others died during transport to the hospital or after arriving. Suspect did say Allahu Akbar. The man that perpetrated the attack was 29 years old.

Update 11:

“There was a loss of innocent life in lower Manhattan,” says NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill before turning things over to the mayor.

Mayor DeBlasio: We know of 8 innocent people who lost their lives and over a dozen more injured…  There will be an increase in police presence tonight and in the coming days ahead.

Governor Cuomo: This is the new suggested terror tactic with loan wolves…At this point there is no evidence to suggest a wider plot or wider scheme. This is the act of one individual that meant to cause death… New York is an international symbol of Freedom and Democracy.  That also makes us a target.  But we go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever. We’re not going to let them win.  There is no ongoing threat. There is no evidence of that at this time.

Update 10:

Reports That Seven Are Dead, 11 Injured

Update 9:

[Cuomo/DeBlasio Statements Soon]

Update 8: 

Awaiting the governor — here’s a video of the suspect:

Update 7:

Driver allegedly had a BB gun. Waiting for further confirmation on the situation. Police shot him twice.

Update 6:

[Fake Names] Being Tweeted Everywhere Claiming To Be The Suspect In Custody

Update 5:

Eyewitness Claiming One Drive Got Out Of The Car, Shouted “Allahu akbar”

Update 4:

Police claim that this was road rage – FBI says otherwise, treating this like a terror attack.

Update 3:

Update 2: 

Reports that casualties are now listed at 4 dead, 8 wounded. Reports that at least 6 were shot by the gunman.

Update 1: 

We were just sent in this image of the alleged vehicle responsible for the initial ramming of pedestrians and bicyclists:

Josh Groban, a singer based out of New York was on-scene walking his dog at the time of the attack.  When he heard gunshots he scrambled away for cover and after getting far enough away to feel comfortable he took out his phone to film the arriving first responders:

Here’s a few excerpts from some of coverage from various outlets:

The Daily Mail Reports That The Truck Targeted The Bicycle Lane First:

Singer Josh Groban also tweeted after hearing ‘gun shots’ while out walking his dog.

‘Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F***,’ he said.

Simultaneous reports of the same incident suggested that a truck drove into the bicycle lane and mowed down cyclists and pedestrians.

News Blog Publishes A Few Pictures Of The Now Closed-Off Crime Scene:

It appears as though paramedics are attempting to work with one of the victims here

Reports That The Truck Driver Yelled Something:

A Video Of The Aftermath:

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