Six people are dead and at least 11 other are injured after a man opened fire on a crowd in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, October 31, The New York Times reports.
According to The Times, the shooter, who is currently being treated at a nearby hospital, sped south down a bike path in a Home Depot truck before he carried out the lethal attack. A senior law enforcement official told the newspaper that the driver also crashed into a school bus, but it is unclear if anyone was onboard at the time.
An official account for the New York Police Department tweeted an update on the developments. “Earlier a vehicle entered the West St. pedestrian/bike path a few blocks north of Chambers St. The vehicle struck multiple people on the path,” the statement read. “There are several fatalities and numerous people injured. The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD.”
Several celebrities have taken to social media to offer their support for those affected. “Horrible to have to text each other ‘are you ok?’ this often,” Sara Bareilles tweeted. “My heart breaks for the victims of the accident and shooting in Manhattan. xo.”
Josh Groban, who was very close to the attacks as he was running with his dog, shared a video on Twitter from his standpoint, also expressed his best wishes for those involved. “I hope everyone’s ok,” he wrote. “Was half a block form me, didn’t see it but heard 8-10 quick rounds fired off. Be safe with your kids out there.”
More on this story to come as the NYPD provides updates.