2 said killed in shooting and truck-ramming in NY

Alicia Cross
November 1, 2017

The FBI was treating the attack as terrorism, CNN reported.

The event unfolded in the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan a few blocks from the World Trade Center.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the New York City police department in investigating the incident, the sources said.

The counter-terror unit is urging people to avoid the West Side Highway area as bomb squads are called into the area. Police say the suspect then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a gun. Four people were removed from the bus and they had minor injuries, the official said.

Witnesses have described a chaotic scene of the white pickup truck hitting bicyclists and then slamming into a school bus. The driver crashed the truck and exited the vehicle brandishing two pellet guns; officers shot him and took him into custody. The suspect is now in custody. According to a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, the mayor has briefed on the incident and there is no active threat. The suspect is in police custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, sources at the NYPD said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also responding to the scene.

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At least two bodies could be seen lying motionless on the path beneath tarps near mangled bicycles.

Tom Gay, a school photographer, was on Warren Street and heard people saying there was an accident.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tweeted about the attack.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".

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