Eight People Killed During New York City Terror Attack, Trump Responds

Earlier today in New York City, a 29-year-old man rode a rented Home Depot pick-up truck on a bicycle path, mowing-down pedestrians and bicyclists.

The vehicle eventually collided with a school bus, injuring a couple of adults and children.

The 29-year-old driver fled the vehicle, armed with two handguns before he was gunned down by police officers.

The New York Police Department reportedly found a paintball gun and a pellet gun at the scene, though it is unclear if those were the two guns the man was wielding.

Police confirm there have been at least eight people were killed during the incident.

Per Fox News:

At least eight people are dead after a driver barreled into a bike path and crashed a rental pickup truck into a crowd in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” law enforcement sources tell Fox News and The Associated Press.

Another 11 people were injured, officials said. The 29-year-old driver was shot by police and taken into custody, law enforcement sources told Fox News. The suspect remains hospitalized.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted a press conference on today’s attack.

De Blasio opened the press conference by saying, “this is a painful day in our city, a horrible tragedy”:

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a press conference Tuesday evening, called the incident “an act of terror.”

“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” de Blasio said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo referred to the incident as a “lone wolf” attack, and added that at this point in the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest that there was a wider plot.

De Blasio later tweeted, “This was a cowardly act of terror. It was intended to break our spirit. But New Yorkers are resilient. We will be undeterred.”

Cuomo tweeted, “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”

Here’s the press conference:

In a pair of tweets, President Donald Trump also commented on the New York attack.

He said, “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.!”

First Lady Melania Trump also responded:

Singer Josh Groban was near the incident as it unfolded and shared updates via his Twitter account:

 

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