A driver killed multiple pedestrians in New York city
At least eight people were killed and 11 others were seriously injured, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference Tuesday night, calling it “a very painful day in our city.”
The Argentine Foreign Ministry confirmed that five Argentinians were among the dead, according to a statement. One Belgian was also killed in the attack, Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders told Belga news agency. Additional Belgian and Argentinian nationals were also among the wounded.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene with victims lying on the ground beside twisted bicycles. Later, parents rushed to nearby schools to pick up their children, dressed in Halloween costumes.
Police said the suspect — a 29-year-old man — struck pedestrians and cyclists on the bike path around 3 p.m. and continued driving a rented Home Depot pickup truck, colliding with a school bus.
The suspect then exited the vehicle holding a paintball gun and a pellet gun and shouted, “Allahu akbar,” the Associated Press reported, citing a law enforcement official. The phrase translates to “God is great” in Arabic.
“This was an act of terror — and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” de Blasio said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there is no evidence of an ongoing threat at this time, and city officials urged New Yorkers to continue with their usual schedules.
The city’s annual Halloween parade began as scheduled at 7 p.m. More law enforcement officers and heavy weapons teams have been stationed along the route and at iconic locations throughout the city, police said.
Some politicians, including the president, spoke on this issue:
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
New Yorkers see this attack for what it is—an attempt to sow fear. We stand against terror as we grieve for the victims and thank the @NYPD.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) October 31, 2017