At Least 8 Dead as Truck Rams Cyclists in NYC

Suspect, armed with a pellet gun and paintball gun, was shot by officers
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 2:49 PM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2017 5:05 PM CDT
Multiple People Shot in NYC; 1 in Custody
In this photo provided by the New York City Police Department, officers respond to a report of gunfire along West Street near the pedestrian bridge at Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.   (Martin Speechley/NYPD via AP)

At least eight people are dead and 15 injured after being hit by a rented Home Depot truck Tuesday in Manhattan, WABC reports. According to the New York Times, police say a 29-year-old suspect drove the truck 20 blocks down a bicycle and pedestrian path near the World Trade Center memorial, hitting multiple people. After crashing into a school bus, the suspect got out armed with a pellet gun and paintball gun and was shot by officers, police say. (There were initial reports the suspect had opened fire on pedestrians.)

The 29-year-old suspect has been identified as Sayfull Saipov of Tampa, Florida. He came to the US in 2010. Officials say he is in grave condition in the hospital. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack a "particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians." Officials say there doesn't appear to be any connection to a larger plot or terrorist group, and federal authorities are investigating. President Trump addressed the attack Tuesday, tweeting: "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!"

(More New York City stories.)

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