A New York City bike path used by bicyclists and pedestrians alike became the scene of a horrific attack Tuesday, leaving at least 8 dead.
A man reportedly drove a rented flatbed truck for nearly a mile along the West Side Highway bike path on Monday afternoon. After the truck rammed a school bus, the driver jumped out of the cab and was shot by police.
Police are investigating the killings as an act of terror, as the man shouted “Allah’ akbar”, an Arabic phrase meaning Allah is great. He waved around a pellet gun and a paintball gun.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a “lone wolf” attack, and no group has claimed responsibility. Mayor de Blasio called it a terrorist attack.
The 29-year-old driver of the truck has been identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. His drivers license lists a Tampa, FL, address, but he is thought to originally be from Uzbekistan.
The West Side Highway bike path runs between the West Side Highway and the Hudson River to the vicinity of Battery Park.
Reports say the driver entered the bike path near Pier 40 at West Houston Street and crashed into a school bus at Chambers Street, a distance of about 0.8 mile. Note the bollard in the photo above; it apparently did little to stop the truck.
Six victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were reported dead at local hospitals. Witnesses described scenes of carnage along the bike path.
Our condolences to the friends and families of those innocent victims of the attack.