Police responded to a “suspicious person” with a “possible device” at City Vineyard at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan, near the scene of an incident where multiple people were killed nearby.
NYPD officers searched the area near City Vineyard and have declared the incident clear, according to police scanner reports and witnesses. Police have said they are not looking for anyone at this time. You can see video of the scene below:
The incident at City Vineyard came after at least six people were killed and others were wounded when a gunman opened fire and used a truck to ram into pedestrians and cyclists in the area of Chambers and West streets, near Stuyvesant High School. A suspect is in custody in that incident.
At City Vineyard, officers swarmed the area and told people to stay inside after getting the report about a suspicious man possibly holding a device. Michael Dorf, who runs the Tribeca winery, posted on Twitter that everyone there was OK, but snipers were perched nearby.
The chaos erupted in the area near the winery about 3 p.m. According to CNN,a pickup truck that appears to have been rented from Home Depot drove onto a bike path, striking several people from behind, before hitting a school bus. The school bus crash heavily damaged the truck, and the driver exited the truck. He was then shot by police and taken to a hospital alive with a gunshot wound to the leg.
According to the NYPD, the truck entered the West Street pedestrian/bike path and a few blocks north of Chambers Street. As the truck continued down West Street to Chambers, the driver struck multiple people on the path, leaving several people dead and numerous others injured, the NYPD said on Twitter.
“The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD,” the department said on Twitter. “The suspect is in custody. This is preliminary, more information to follow.”
Police have not determined a motive for the incident, and have not ruled out terrorism.
“What I saw was that the driver — he didn’t look like he was bleeding,” said Ramon Cruz, a witness told CNN. “He was dragging his foot. He looks frustrated, panicked, confused. People are running past me, saying, ‘He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun.” I didn’t see any gun.”
A Twitter user said, “Jesus! A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus. I see two dead bodies and citibikes on the floor destroyed.”
A Stuyvesant High School student told the New York Post, “What happened was there was a car crash … he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns. We thought it was a Halloween thing. He started running around the highway. There was another guy in a green shirt that was chasing him around.”
“I heard four to six gunshots — everybody starts running,” she added.
Musician Josh Groban was in the area, and tweeted, “Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F–k.”
The area around the incident remains locked down. The NYPD, including Counter-Terrorism officers, and the FBI are on the scene, along with other agencies.
“I thought it was Halloween (prank) or something,” witness Tawhid Kabir told the New York Daily News. “I saw the gun running in a circle and I realized it was serious.”
You can get more updates on the situation in Lower Manhattan at the link below: