Police have arrested a man who allegedly drove a pickup truck along a busy bicycle lane, killing eight people. The terror strike has claimed the lives of five Argentinean tourists and injured at least one German citizen.
Several dead in rampage
A suspect said to be a 29-year-old immigrant plowed through a Manhattan bike lane in a rented pickup truck on Tuesday, killing eight people and seriously injuring eleven more. His vehicle came to a stop as he crashed into a school bus.
Eight people died and 11 others were seriously injured on Tuesday after a man driving a pickup truck plowed through people along a busy bicycle lane in New York City before hitting a school bus, officials said.
The incident occured in lower Manhattan shortly after 3 p.m. local time (1900 UTC) near West Side Highway and Chambers Street. The driver, a 29-year-old man, was shot and then taken into custody by police. Police opened fire after he exited the rental truck armed with a paintball gun and a pellet gun. He is expected to survive.
US media identified the driver as Sayfullo Saipov, saying he was an Uzbek national who arrived in the US in 2010. The police said that there were no “outstanding” suspects. Notorious tabloid New York Post said he was an Uber driver, which was later confirmed by the ride hailing company itself.