A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring at least a dozen others, New York City's mayor says.
Police said the vehicle, a rented Home Depot pickup, entered the bike path on West Street a few blocks from the memorial and struck several people, leaving mangled bicycles behind.
The driver was then shot by police after jumping out of the vehicle with what turned out to be two fake guns — which police later said were a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
"This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
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