NYC Terror Attack, Gunman In Manhattan Runs Through Bike Lane, At Least Six Dead, 15 Injured

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline At Night
A gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire after apparently plowing down four riders Tuesday afternoon on a Lower Manhattan bike path, eyewitnesses said.  The NYPD reported one man was in custody after initial reports of gunfire set off a mad scramble in the downtown area. Police flooded the area shortly after the first shots were fired around 3“I thought it was Halloween (prank) or something,” said witness Tawhid Kabir, 20, of Queens. “I saw the gun running in a circle and I realized it was serious.”Video showed four bodies scattered alongside the path on the West Side off the Hudson River. The truck crashed into another vehicle at West and Chambers Streets.


“We thought the guns were fake and it was a Halloween prank,” said Stuyvesant High School student Laith Bahlouli, 14. “There was a car crash, and then he started to shoot.”

Classmate Alif Rahman, 14, said they heard “four to six gunshots” and then spied two bodies covered with blankets by the NYPD.


A child was seen sitting on the lap of an adult wearing a neck brace after the incident.


“We all heard the gunfire,” said witness Michael Corbin, who works at nearby District Council 37. “I heard distinctly five shots in quick succession.”


Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing from inside a Home Depot truck, and video showed a truck from the home improvement store sitting on a median.


“He shot about 15 times toward the pier and down West St.” one witness told the Daily News. There was no immediate word on deaths or injuries, although witnesses said two bodies were covered with blankets at the scene.


The smell of gun powder hung in the air as police shut down the West Side Highway mid-afternoon on Halloween.


Mayor de Blasio was briefed on the situation, and confirmed there was no active threat.


Witness Frank Brito, 45, told The News he saw two trucks crash into each other and then a heavyset man in a blue tracksuit get out of one and chase someone, firing five or six times.


Reports of an active shooter came in about 3 p.m.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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