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8 Dead, At Least 12 Injured in NYC Attack (UPDATED)

A man driving a truck in Manhattan, New York and plowed down people in a bike lane, injuring 15 pedestrians and cyclists and reportedly killing at least eight people, per CNN.

UPDATE: Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference that eight people were killed and at least a dozen more were injured.

The New York Daily News reported that the suspect— who is now in police custody — used a Home Depot truck to blow down bike riders on a path near Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan. The cause behind the incident is still currently unknown.

While the NYPD initially reported they were responding to “shots fired in Lower Manhattan,” but most subsequent reports suggest the suspect did not posses any firearms. However, both CNN and Fox News have reported the suspected culprit was carrying “two fake guns” — which were a paintball gun and a pellet gun.

According to his Twitter account, star singer Josh Groban was a witness to the incident:

A reporter for PIX 11 News was also at the scene, posting an interview with a witness on his Twitter account:

This is a developing story, and will be updated as news comes in.

UPDATE: This post has been updated to note that six people were reportedly killed in the incident, which happened just after 3:00 p.m. EDT.

UPDATE: In what was referred to as “preliminary” information, the official New York Police Department news account tweeted several new reports on the shooting:

“Earlier a vehicle entered the West St. pedestrian/bike path a few blocks north of Chambers St.The vehicle struck multiple people on the path. There are several fatalities and numerous people injured.The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD.”

An official press conference will be held later today on the incident.

UPDATE: CNN is reporting — per multiple eyewitness sources — the suspect shouted “allahu akbar” during the attack. Additionally, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is now investigating this incident as a terrorist attack.

UPDATE: NBC News reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Goveronor Andrew Cuomo visited the crime scene early this evening.

UPDATE: During the NYPD’s press conference on the incident, the police commissioner said the identity of the culprit will not be released until “further investigation.”

UPDATE: The first photo of the terror suspect has circulated on Twitter. According to the NYPD police commissioner, the perpetrator is a 29-year-old male.

UPDATE: CBS News correspondent David Begnaud announced that three Belgians were hurt in the attack. Additionally, the AP is reporting that multiple Argentine citizens have died, but the exact number is unknown.

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