6 people dead after motorist drives through bicycle path in New York City

At least 6 people are dead after New York City police say a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a gun.

9 people were reportedly hurt in the incident near the World Trade Center site.

The department writes on Twitter that the suspect got out of a rented Home Depot van displaying imitation firearms and was shot by police officers. Police say the person is in custody.

CNN reports the suspect shouted "Allah Akhbar" after getting out of the van.  The FBI is now taking over the investigation.

A man who was riding in an Uber along the West Side Highway near the World Trade Center says he saw several bleeding people on the ground after a truck struck several people.

An Associated Press photographer on the scene Tuesday witnessed at least two bodies lying motionless on the path beneath tarps.

A witness said the truck had also collided with a small bus and one other vehicle.

The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident.   

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president and New York native has been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and "will be continually updated as more details are known."

Sanders says, "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

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