Several people were killed and numerous injured after a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing what appeared to be a gun, police said Tuesday.
An Associated Press photographer on the scene saw at least two bodies on the path beneath tarps.
The New York Police Department posted on its Twitter feed that one person was in custody. The department said it was unclear whether anyone was shot.
Tom Gay, a school photographer, said he 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 track suit 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 pbadenger, 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.
Police were expected to give a news briefing shortly.
1:32 p.m.: This article has been updated with police confirming multiple deaths and injuries, and witness reports from the scene.
1:05 p.m.: This article was updated with police confirming a motorist drove into a busy bicycle path, hitting several people.
This article was originally published at 12:45 p.m.