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Gallery: 8 killed by New York motorist in 'cowardly act of terror'

A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and mowed down people Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring several others in what the mayor called “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”

The 29-year-old driver was shot by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand, officials said. He was taken into custody. His condition was not immediately disclosed.

Witnesses described a scene of panic and blood, with people screaming in fear and the path strewn with mangled bicycles and bodies that was soon covered with sheets. In addition to those killed, 11 people were seriously injured, police said.


New York City Police Officers respond to report of gunfire along West Street near the pedestrian bridge at Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan in New York. (Martin Speechley/NYPD via AP)
Authorities stand near a damaged Home Depot truck after a motorist drove onto a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Scene after a gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire after apparently plowing down four riders Tuesday afternoon on a Lower Manhattan bike path. (James Keivom/New York Daily News/TNS)
Scene after a gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire. Police flooded the area shortly after the first shots were fired around 3 p.m. (James Keivom/New York Daily News/TNS)
Responders on the scene after a gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire. (James Keivom/New York Daily News/TNS)
Bystanders comfort one another near the scene where a gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire. (James Keivom/New York Daily News/TNS)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the scene where a pickup truck stuck multiple pedestrians and cyclists in Lower Manhattan. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)
People leave the scene after a pickup truck struck multiple people. Eight people were killed when a man drove 20 blocks down a bike path beside the Hudson River. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times) XNYT

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