Six dead after pedestrians hit by truck near World Trade Centre in New York

Six people are dead after a rented van drove on to a New York bicycle path in an incident that is being treated as possible terrorism.

Tuesday, 31st October 2017, 8:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:50 am
Authorities respond near a damaged school bus in New York. A motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people on Tuesday police and witnesses said

The driver of the rented Home Depot van emerged from the vehicle screaming, holding two imitation firearms.Police say the man was shot by officers and is in custody.At least nine people were injured in the incident near the World Trade Centre, and the White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president and New York native has been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and "will be continually updated as more details are known".She said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."Police said the vehicle entered the cycle path on West Street a few streets from the World Trade Centre memorial and struck at least 15 people, leaving mangled bicycles behind. At least two bodies could be seen lying on the path.A man who was riding in an Uber along the West Side Highway near Chambers Street said he saw several bleeding people on the ground.Another witness said the truck had also collided with a small bus and one other vehicle.Tom Gay, a school photographer, was on Warren Street and heard people saying there was an accident.He went down to West Street and a woman came around the corner shouting: "He has a gun! He has a gun!"Mr Gay said he stuck his head around the corner and saw a slender man in a blue track suit running southbound on West Street holding a gun.He said there was a heavyset man pursuing him.He said he heard five or six shots and the man in the tracksuit fell to the ground, gun still raised in the air.He said a man came over and kicked the gun out of his hand.Uber driver Chen Yi said he saw a truck plough into people on the cycle path. He said he then heard seven to eight shots and then police pointing a gun at a man kneeling on the pavement."I saw a lot of blood over there. A lot of people on the ground," he said.His passenger, Dmitry Metlitsky, said he also saw police standing near a man who was on his knees with his hands up, and another man bleeding on the ground nearby.He said the truck had also collided with a small school bus and one other vehicle.

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Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people
Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people