Active Shooter in Lower Manhattan, Multiple People Shot

October 31, 2017Oct 31, 2017

Initially, after the 3:15 p.m. ET shooting New York City, news agencies reported that at least five people had been shot on the street in lower Manhattan, police sources tell News 4. However, as more details emerged, later reports showed that there was actually no shooting; all of the loss life came when a Home Depot truck ran down bicyclists. 

According to sources at the time, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of pedestrians in Tribeca. They were located near West Street and Chambers, and West Street and Houston. Witnesses took to Twitter to report hearing gunshots. The NYPD tweeted that a person is in custody, and police activity has shut down the area.

The latest report from NBC News says multiple people are dead and several are injured. The New York Post reports that the man, who was later revealed to likely be a terrorist, was in a Home Depot rental truck when he got in a crash. He got out, and he appeared to start shooting with two guns.

"What happened was there was a car crash… he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns. He was running around Chambers and somebody started to chase him,” said a 14-year-old Stuyvesant student. “I heard four to six gunshots – everybody starts running.”

Later on Tuesday, The New York Times released a fuller story. They gave the details of the attack.

A man drove a Home Depot truck down a “lengthy stretch of bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan,” reported the Times. He struck numerous people and collided with a school bus from Stuyvesant High School.

The suspect has been taken into custody. The police said they were not looking for additional suspects.

NBC News reported that at least 8 people are dead and another 15 injured in the attack. 

“Students at Stuyvesant High School reported they saw a man shooting from a pickup truck that appeared to have been rented from Home Depot, and then saw the truck turn and strike a school bus,” reported the Times.

Police are now calling the attack a terrorist attack. During a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident "a particularly cowardly act of terror."

Law enforcement sources also revealed that the suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" when he got out of the truck. He then began to fire a BB or pellet gun, which is why the incident was originally reported as a shooting. 

A spokesperson for the city said de Blasio was on the way to the area. There is "no active threat." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also headed to the scene.

ABC News also just released the name of the shooter. He is 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Tampa, FL. 

Please pray for everyone involved and for New York City as they deal with this attack.