Several Dead After Vehicle Hits People in NYC Amid Reports of Shots Fired
At least five people are dead and several more have been injured in Manhattan, according to reports.
The incident took place Tuesday afternoon along the West Side Highway, Manhattan, ABC reported, confirming that five people had died.
Officials told CBS NY that it might have been a road rage incident.
Three additional people were reportedly hurt in the incident.
One person is in custody and there’s no active threat, police told CBS.
Due to police activity, avoid the area of Chambers Street/West St.
One person is in custody. Expect many emergency personnel in the area. pic.twitter.com/rSECr0LRCN
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
First, a vehicle hit several people on a bike path on the West Side Highway, a witness told ABC, before it hit a school bus near Stuyvesant High School.
“What happened was there was a car crash… he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns. He was running around Chambers and somebody started to chase him,” said a 14-year-old Stuyvesant student to the NY Post. “I heard four to six gunshots – everybody starts running.”
“A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus. I see two dead bodies and citibikes on the floor destroyed,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown,” Josh Groban tweeted.
Mayor’s been briefed on extremely preliminary info. NO active threat. https://t.co/stFPJ01eo4
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) October 31, 2017
All media responding to the incident in Lower Manhattan are asked to meet DCPI reps at Chambers Street and Greenwich Street. pic.twitter.com/p96qq0CQ1a
— Martin Speechley (@NYPDSpeechley) October 31, 2017
Two dead by my job pic.twitter.com/NcodvPS7Mq
— Mike (@el_dorado91) October 31, 2017
“Everybody started running,” a witness told ABC. “…Everything was happening so fast.” The driver, meanwhile, “kept going all the way down full speed.”
“I noticed along the bike path a bunch of wrecked bicycles and as I drove it was just more and more completely and totally wrecked bicycles and people mulling around to the side. I must’ve seen 30 or 40 bicycles like that,” one witness told CBS. “I saw a lot of debris, like car parts of something in one of the piles of bicycles but it was a lot,” they said.
The NYPD and first responders are on the scene, the New York City mayor’s office said in a statement to media outlets.