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New York City Police have taken a man into custody after a car mowed down several people in Manhattan. It is understood the Home Depot truck drove down a bicycle path just a few blocks north-east of the 9/11 Memorial, before the 29-year-old driver allegedly got out and produced a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
Eight people have been killed and 11 others have suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as an 'act of terror', a 'painful day in our city' and a 'cowardly' act.
He added: "We have been tested before as a city very near the site of today's tragedy. And New Yorkers did not give in in the face of these kinds of actions. We'll respond as we always do. We will be undeterred.
At approximately 3:05pm a 29 y/o male drove a rented Home Depot truck onto the bike/pedestrian path at West St/Houston St driving south.
- NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
"We know that this action was intended to break our spirit. But we also know New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient, and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and an act meant to intimidate us."
Another person at the scene told the Telegraph: "I was walking down West street and heard a loud noise behind me. I saw the white pickup truck run over two cyclists and carried on. People were around their bodies, but they were dead. There was no screaming, people were in shock."
Pictures from the scene show the front of the truck used in the attack, with bicycles strewed across the sidewalk. The vehicle also hit a school bus which reportedly injured adults and children on board.
Home Depot has confirmed that one of its rental trucks was stolen and is cooperating with authorities in their investigation.
It's understood that the attack wasn't a part of a broader plot. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says: "It's only been a couple of hours, but at this point there is no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. But the actions of one individual who meant to cause pain and harm and probably death and the resulting terror and that was the purpose."
The suspect was chased by police, before he was hit in the stomach and arrested. New York City Police confirmed that no one else is being sought in relation to the attack.
It's understood that President Trump has been briefed on the incident.
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