NEW YORK — Eight people were killed and 12 injured after police say a driver turned onto a bike path near the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan and startedTuesday afternoon.
If not for the actions of a quick-thinking five-year veteran of the NYPD, 1st Precinct Officer Ryan Nash, the death toll could have been even higher.
“He is a hero, there is no doubt,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday.
The truck rammed several people on the path from behind and ultimately crashed into a school bus at Chambers Street.
A man came out of the truck after striking the school bus wielding what appeared to be two weapons. The weapons turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Witnesses told the NYPD the suspect, identified as 29-year-old— an Uzbek national from Tampa, Florida — shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, when he jumped out of the truck.
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