A motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan, striking several people Tuesday, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing what appeared to be a gun, police and witnesses said.
Sources tell YWN that the vehicle – possibly a box truck – drove down the bike path on the West Side Highway near Vesey Street on Tuesday afternoon 3:20PM, striking at least 4 bikers. Additionally, the NYPD is reporting that several people have been shot, either the bikers or additional victims.
From photos emerging from the scene, it appears that the truck slammed into multiple vehicles and was brought into a stop. The suspect is in custody. Police are reporting that a firearm has been recovered. It is unknown if the suspect was shot.
The NYPD Bomb Squad is clearing the entire area away from the box truck.
Multiple FDNY-EMS are on scene treating the victims.
NYPD reports that there are two victims DOA.
One NYPD Officer was transported to Bellevue Hospital. His condition is unknown.
This incident has been declared as a Mass Causality Incident (MCI).
Expect heavy traffic in lower Manhattan on the West Side Highway and the FDR Driver. Traffic is reportedly gridlocked as both highways are closed.
Police shut down the FDR to rush victims to Bellevue Hospital.
Meanwhile, the latest report is that this may have been the result of a “road rage” incident.
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 after a truck struck several people. 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!”
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 plow into people on a popular bike path adjacent to the West Side Highway. 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,” Yi 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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