By Jack Williams, Lauren Fruen and Luke Kenton
A suspect has been taken into custody after reports of as many as six causalities following an incident in Lower Manhattan, New York City, on Tuesday, October 31.
Multiple reports have suggested that a man drove a truck down a popular cycle lane next to the busy West Side Highway, striking cyclists and pedestrians along the way.
Eywitnesses have suggested that young children may be among the injured.
Video from the scene showed at least two people lying limp on the ground, while photographs have shown a smashed-up Home Depot rental truck at the same location.
The incident took place near West Street and Chambers Street around 3:15pm EST (7:15pm GMT), though it is unclear whether shots were fired, or who may have fired them.
Eyewitness Tsewana Bhuli said: “I saw a little boy aged about 12 on a stretcher. I saw an elderly person on a stretcher, too.
“I don’t know what happened, but the police are saying we are still not safe and pushing us back.”
Rafael Avramovitz said he got a panicked call from his 12-year-old daughter, Leah, at a nearby school.
He said: “I rushed down here. You can’t be too careful nowadays.
“She was scared. She said they’d put the school on lockdown.
“Now I can’t get close to pick her up.”
Yelitza Colori, 19, said: ‘I was on my way to class. I heard five gun shots.
‘They just went boom.
‘Then everybody started running.
‘I didn’t see anyone injured but people were running.
‘I didn’t see a suspect but I saw all the police arrive.’