Up to six people have been killed and 15 injured during an incident near Stuyvesant High school when a truck rammed into victims on a West Side bike path before running into a school bus. After crashing through the crowd, the driver reportedly exited the vehicle with two guns, and at least “four to six” gunshots were heard by a witness.
As reported by the New York Post, the event unfolded in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon. According to witnesses, the suspect “an over two people and then crashed into a school bus.” The person stated, “I see two dead bodies and Citi Bikes on the floor destroyed.
According to NBC News, the truck was traveling down the bike path in the wrong direction and collided with a Home Depot truck in the area.
After the suspect exited his truck, one witness, a 14-year-old female student from Stuyvesant High School stated, “What happened was there was a car crash… he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns.” The witness continued, “We thought it was a Halloween thing. He started running around the highway. There was another guy in a green shirt that was chasing him around.
She added, “I heard four to six gunshots – everybody starts running.”
Video from the scene shows at least two victims lying in the street, a damaged Home Depot rental, and two smashed Citi Bikes.
Police reportedly shot the suspect, who is now in custody.
Counter-terror police officers were said to have searched the truck for explosives.
A spokesperson for Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, said that there was “no active threat” and that the mayor was on the way to the scene. Andrew Cuomo, the governor, is also said to be headed to the scene.
Singer Josh Groban, who was in the area of the incident, sent out a message on Twitter saying, “Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F**k.”
Groban also posted a short video with the comment, “Once I got far enough away I took this video of the quick response from our amazing NYPD and NYFD.”
Once I got far enough away I took this video of the quick response from our amazing NYPD and NYFD pic.twitter.com/v0nwJiqmDw
— josh goblin 👹 (@joshgroban) October 31, 2017