After initially being reported by ABC 7 and others as a “road rage incident” the deadly attack in New York City on Tuesday is now being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.
In addition, Fox News’ Rick Leventhal reported that a source with the Joint Terrorism Task Force reported that the driver shouted “Allahu Akbar” after exiting his rented Home Depot truck that he used to drive onto a bike lane and strike bicyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center.
BLOODBATH IN NYC…
Driver Shoots Pedestrians From Car…
6 DEAD; 15 INJURED…
Suspect Shot, In Custody…
Road Rage ? pic.twitter.com/MnWylRojJe
— j wall ✡ (@jwhaifa) October 31, 2017
The man shouted the Islamic phrase, meaning “God is great,” after getting out of the truck and waving what are believed to be a BB and paintball gun.
It was also reported that the murderer may have targeted children.
NBC News: Suspect seemed to target school bus with at least 3 children inside
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) October 31, 2017
Media was quick to downplay the possible act of terrorism early on.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 31, 2017
Police: Multiple Injuries In Apparent Road Rage Incident In Lower Manhattan https://t.co/t7V9KspgbU
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) October 31, 2017
— Tim Fleischer (@TimFleischer7) October 31, 2017
The Associated Press has reported six people are confirmed dead and nine injured.
Police say the man was shot by officers and is in custody.
The official says “it is being investigated as a possible case of terrorism.”
This story is developing.
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