The lower Manhattan area plunged into chaos in midst of Halloween festivity, after a van hit several people circulating on a crowded bike lane in Tribeca neighborhood. Sources of security forces quoted by American press speak of at least six dead and 15 wounded. The new York police have not yet confirmed wher it is a deliberate attack and, in that case, an act of terrorism. Two sources of administration quoted by Reuters agency pointed out that case is being investigated as terrorism and FBI has joined.Learn More
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The incident took place at intersection of West and Chambers streets after three o'clock, new York local time. The number of deaths could be increased, with amount of casualties. The new York police also had a person in custody who would presumably be driver of vehicle who starred in outrage.
"A vehicle entered bike and pedestrian lane and ran over several people along way." There are several casualties and many people injured. The vehicle continued along south road to collide with anor vehicle. The suspect left car with fake weapons and was shot by police, "he explained in several tweets city police department.
Witnesses talk about several gunshots being heard. The circumstances of incident were unclear. As a precaution, traffic was cut in area and schools were closed with students indoors. The site of incident is located a few blocks from new York City Hall and World Trade Center.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading for area and will offer a press conference at 5.15 of afternoon. The event bears similarities with one that took place last May, when a driver ran into Times Square, tourist epicenter of new York, to a total of 23 people-one of m passed away-but it was not a terrorist act.
Due to police activity, avoid area of Chambers Street/West St. One person is in custody. Expect many emergency personnel in area. Pic.twitter.com/rSECr0LRCN— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) 31 October 2017