NEW YORK — New York Police Department officials are still investigating an incident in lower Manhattan involving a vehicle that left several pedestrians and cyclists dead and injured.
The NYPD’s Twitter feed confirmed there is one individual in custody. “All information is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing.”
The NYPD account detailed Tuesday afternoon’s events that started when a vehicle entered the West Street pedestrian and bike path a few blocks north of Chambers Street. The vehicle struck several people on the path, resulting in several fatalities and injuries, according to the NYPD. The vehicle then continued south, striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms and was shot by NYPD, the Twitter feed continued. Pedestrians and drivers in the area were advised to avoid the area of Chambers Street/West Street due to the police activity. “Expect many emergency personnel in the area,” the NYPD posted.
A video post shows a battered white truck and a few people and bicycles lying on a bike path which is reportedly near Stuyvesant High School. Police and emergency responders responded to the scene and traffic in the area was knotted.
Numerous fashion and media businesses are housed in the area, including Time Inc. and Condé Nast. Shortly before 4:15 p.m., Time sent an emergency notification to all employees working at 225 Liberty Street asking them to respond whether they are OK or need assistance. Advised that Global Security was monitoring the status of all employees, recipients received confirmation of the shooting at Chambers and West Street.
About 25 minutes prior to that, Time’s Greg Giangrande e-mailed staff to say “the NYPD has reported that they have apprehended the suspect and there is no active threat. There are reports of casualties. We’re looking into this further. As a precaution, our security is on heightened alert and we continue to be in close contact with the NYPD.”