NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Video showed a suspect running through traffic Tuesday afternoon, after police said he hit bicyclists and pedestrians with a rental truck on the West Side bike path.
At least eight people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in the incident, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism.
The video showed the suspect – who appeared to be wearing a black jacket with a red stripe across the back – roaming around in the street at West and Chambers streets before he was shot and wounded by the NYPD. He was carrying what appeared to be firearms – which police said turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
The witness that recorded the video – Tawhid Kabir – described the chaotic scene to CBS2’s Jessica Layton.
“I saw, in the intersection, he was running with a gun. And then suddenly I heard the gunshots — like five, six gunshots – then we all went down, because we didn’t know from which part the gunshots were coming. So we were all scared,” he said. “He was pointing like randomly, but he wasn’t shooting that time when I saw him. So after five, six gunshots, then I saw again the guy was down and the cops were just covering him.
“I’m not sure what he’s doing. I thought he was a mental patient or something, like he’s just running in a circle in the middle of the road.”
Police said the suspect entered the bike path at Houston Street in a rented Home Depot truck around 3:05 p.m. The truck rammed into several people on the path from behind and ultimately crashed into a school bus on Chambers Street.
The man came out of the truck after striking the school bus. Witnesses reported that the suspect yelled “Allahu Akbar!” upon exiting the truck, CBS2 reported.
The suspect – identified by sources as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29 – was shot and wounded by police and was in custody at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue early Tuesday evening.