There is breaking news coming out of New York City this Halloween, and it is more terrifying than any holiday themed programming you’re likely to see.
In an event reminiscent of the horrific terror attacks that have been plaguing Europe over the course of the last year, an as-of-yet-unnamed gunman mowed down pedestrians near a high school in Manhattan, before exiting his vehicle and opening fire. The suspect was eventually incapacitated by police and taken into custody, but not before killing at least six individuals and injuring several more.
“Up to six people were killed near Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon in a wild incident that involved a truck ramming into victims on the West Side bike path, police sources said.
“The mayhem happened at West Street and Chambers Street at 3:15 p.m. The suspect was shot and is in police custody, cops said.
“Witnesses described a scene of terror, saying a man in a truck ran over two people before plowing into a school bus.
“’Jesus! 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,’ a Twitter user wrote.
“The suspect then got out of his vehicle with two guns, another witness said.
“’What happened was there was a car crash … he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns,’ a 14-year-old Stuyvesant High School student said. ‘We thought it was a Halloween thing. He started running around the highway. There was another guy in a green shirt that was chasing him around.’
“’I heard four to six gunshots — everybody starts running,’ she added.”
Very little is known at this early hour as to the motivation for the crime, but authorities are taking no chances.
Reports from the scene indicate that counterterrorism police are present, and inspecting the attack vehicle for any sign of explosives or other booby traps. While there has been no official word on the motivation for the attack, police and others must act with terrorism in mind, especially given the nature of the incident.