Special report, ABC reporting 7 dead, 15 injured in New York City

Special report, ABC reporting 7 dead, 15 injured in New York City

Special report, ABC reporting 7 dead, 15 injured in New York City

Officials said that Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old truck driver from Uzbekistan, hired a Home Depot truck in Passaic, New Jersey, and drove it to Manhattan before he carried out his rampage down a bike path, striking riders and pedestrians before crashing into a school bus.

"New York is an worldwide symbol of freedom and democracy. that also makes us a target", Governor Andrew Cuomo said at the press conference, extending his thoughts and prayers to the families grieving their lost loved ones, and his thanks to the many first responders who stopped the shooter and aided the injured.

The school said two adults and two children inside the bus "might be a little hurt, but no one is dead".

Witness recordings show a man running away from the truck.

Tuesday's attack bears resemblance to several attacks where a vehicle was used as a weapon in recent years.

According to initial reports, multiple people were shot in Downtown Manhattan at Chambers and Hudson.

UPDATE (4:48 p.m. ET): The FBI has taken over the Lower Manhattan incident investigation and is treating it as a terrorist act.

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A horde of police vehicles and first responders descended on the chaotic scene. Home Depot, in a statement, said it was cooperating fully with the investigation.

"The truth is NY is an global symbol of freedom and democracy", said Cuomo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said early indications were that the unidentified killer was acting alone, with "no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme". "That's what we are, and we are proud of it". And we've lived with this before. But we go forward together.

"I thought it was Halloween (prank) or something", said witness Tawhid Kabir, 20, of Queens. "I saw the guy running in a circle and I realized it was serious". The truck was traveling near Stuyvesant High School not far from the location of Ground Zero, the site of the 2001 Al Qaeda attack on the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

NYPD snipers took positions on the roof of the nearby City Vineyard restaurant as cops flooded the neighborhood.

New York City police closed the FDR highway in order to rush victims to Bellevue Hospital.

Trump also tweeted that the Homeland Security Department would "step up our already Extreme Vetting Program".

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