Stars from the music world to Hollywood and politics are sending their support and condolences following the terror attack in New York City that killed eight people and injured at least 11 when a truck plowed into pedestrians and then a hit school bus on a bike path Tuesday afternoon, very close to the World Trade Center memorial site.
Taylor Swift shared a photo of the sunset on her Instagram Story along with the caption, “I love you New York,” and a broken heart emoji.
Sam Smith took to Twitter, writing: “New York. My heart is with you always and forever. Devastating news. My soul and heart is with the victims and there loved ones x horrific.”
Hillary Clinton acknowledged the strength of her home city: “New York’s resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror. Thinking of the victims, their families, & the responders who saved lives.”
The hashtags #PrayForNYC and #NYCStrong were also trending on Twitter.
New York. My heart is with you always and forever. Devastating news. My soul and heart is with the victims and there loved ones x horrific
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) October 31, 2017
New York’s resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror. Thinking of the victims, their families, & the responders who saved lives.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2017
Michelle and I are thinking of the victims of today’s attack in NYC and everyone who keeps us safe. New Yorkers are as tough as they come.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 1, 2017
Singer and Broadway star Josh Groban and his dog were just half a block away from the incident.
“Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown F—,” the Tony nominee said in the first of a series of tweets. “I hope everyone’s ok. Was half a block from me, didn’t see it but heard 8-19 quick rounds fired off. Be safe with your kids out there.”
“I’m shaking. That’s the corner I was supposed to have my coffee but my dog pulled me into the park half a block away 10 min before shooting,” continued Groban, who later added: “Devastated for the victims and their families tonight & inspired by the spirit of this city. Sirens and trick or treaters everywhere.”
NY, I love you so much.
You are strong and full of everyday heroes and I love you.
We’ll get through today and tomorrow and the next one.
— Lin-Unwell Mirandead (@Lin_Manuel) November 1, 2017
Terror attack in NYC, not far from 9/11. Deepest condolences to the families of those murdered; and those involved who are scarred forever.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 1, 2017
This is a terrible day. Families will be mourning their loved ones tonight. This is an action is the worst of mankind. #NYC
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 31, 2017
Sending love to NYC on this tragic + heartbreaking day
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) October 31, 2017
The alleged driver of the car Sayfullo Saipov, 29, from Tampa, Florida, NYPD sources confirm to PEOPLE.
He is currently undergoing surgery after being shot in the abdomen.
My heart is broken. Sending prayers to all the victims who’s lives were taken today in NYC
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 31, 2017
My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones today in NYC. Such a cowardly act
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) October 31, 2017
Keeping the victims, first responders, & people of NY in our thoughts tonight. We will not let terrorism or fear divide us. #NYCStrong
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 31, 2017
God bless you New York. You are a strong, vibrant, multicultural city and nothing will ever bring you down! My heart is with you!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) October 31, 2017
our thoughts are with the victims of the senseless attack in Manhattan
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) October 31, 2017
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the incident an “act of terror” at a Tuesday press conference. Six people, all males, died at the scene while two other victims were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries. Two children were among the injured.
According to the NYPD, the vehicle entered the West. St. pedestrian bike path a few blocks north of Chambers Street and struck multiple people along the path. The vehicle was a Home Depot rental truck, Home Depot confirmed to PEOPLE.