8 dead after truck plows into people in New York City in possible terror attack

(ABC NEWS) – At least eight people are dead and others injured after a truck driver made a “purposeful turn” onto a jogging and biking path in lower Manhattan in New York City, police said.

The sprawling crime scene runs several blocks along the West Side Highway, a few blocks away from One World Trade Center.

Officials say the incident is being investigated as an act of terror.

A suspect was apprehended at the scene. Multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News that the suspect in custody was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida.

The suspect is reported to have screamed “Allah Akbar” after the crash, and that is a key reason authorities are looking at terrorism as a possible motive, sources said.

A vehicle entered the West Street pedestrian and bike path north of Chambers Street, hitting multiple people on the path, leaving some dead and “numerous people injured,” police said, citing preliminary investigation.

The vehicle kept driving south until it hit another vehicle, the police said. At that point, the suspect, who was “displaying imitation firearms,” got out of the vehicle and was shot by New York City police, the police said.

A suspect, who was shot by police in the abdomen, is in custody.

“Everybody started running,” the witness said. “…Everything was happening so fast.”

The witness added of the driver, “He kept going all the way down full speed.”

There is no active threat, according to the mayor’s press secretary.

Police warned that New Yorkers should expect many emergency personnel in the area.

The FBI is also responding to the incident.

President Donald Trump has been briefed, according to a White House spokesperson.

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