Cops ID suspected terrorist in deadly downtown truck rampage

Cops ID suspected terrorist in deadly downtown truck rampage”

CBS News reports that terror suspect is Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov from Uzbekistan.

Officials declined to identify the suspect, but a number of U.S. media outlets, including ABC News, CBS and the Wall Street Journal, named the suspect as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Police have said the objects Saipov was holding were imitation firearms. New Yorkers: "live your life and don't let them change your lives in any shape or form".

Of the eight people killed, six were pronounced dead at the scene and two more were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president and NY native has been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and "will be continually updated as more details are known".

Officials said they believe Saipov acted alone and they do not believe the attack was part of a bigger plot.

The suspect is in custody. This is preliminary, more information to follow. He described the crashed vehicle as a white pick-up truck with a Home Depot logo. During the attack, Saipov jumped out with two fake guns, one paintball gun and another pellet gun, and was shot by police officers, according to the New York Times.

The FBI announced it is investigating the incident as a terrorist incident. Law enforcement sources tell us NYPD has one person in custody following the incident. The department says it's unclear whether anyone was shot.

He said the 29-year-old man entered the bike path and drove south, hitting pedestrians and cyclists.

Video from the scene shows multiple people injured on what looks like a bike path adjacent to the NYC's Westside Highway.

He careered down a popular cycle path a few streets from the World Trade Centre memorial injuring at least 11 people.

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