UPDATED: Trump vows support for New York City police after terrorist attack

Published on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 18:44 - Written by

Associated PressPresident Donald Trump is vowing his administration's "full support" to New York City's police department in the wake of what he's calling a "cowardly" terrorist attack.

A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center Tuesday, killing at least eight.

Trump says in a statement that, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today's terrorist attack in New York City and their families."

Trump is also expressing thanks to the first responders "who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of this cowardly attack." He says, "These brave men and women embody the true American spirit of resilience and courage."

Trump's statement comes after a series of tweets in which he declared "Enough!" and suggested the Islamic State group might be involved.Boston police say there's no threat to their city after a vehicle attack on a bike path near New York's World Trade Center site and memorial left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured.

Authorities say a man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists along the busy bike path Tuesday. New York's mayor calls the attack "a particularly cowardly act of terror." The driver was shot by police and taken into custody.

Boston police say there's "no known threat to the Boston area."

The police department is reminding officers to be "extra vigilant" during their Tuesday evening patrols, paying particular attention to areas that tend to attract large crowds.

A state police spokesman tells The Boston Globe police have no plans to step up security measures.

Two law enforcement officials have identified a man suspected of driving a rented truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

The officials have knowledge of the probe and have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. The officials aren't authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.The suspect has a Florida license but may have been staying in New Jersey. He was shot by police. He's hospitalized and can't be reached for comment while in custody. He is in surgery and is expected to survive.

Police say the attack is being investigated as an act of terror.

A U.S. official briefed on the investigation also confirms the man's name.

A law enforcement official says that witnesses told police that the man who drove a rented truck onto a bike path in New York City, killing eight people, shouted "allahu akbar."

The official was familiar with the investigation but wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill was asked at a news conference whether the suspect shouted the phrase, which means "God is great" in Arabic, or something like it. O'Neill replied: "Yeah. He did make a statement when he exited the vehicle," though he declined to elaborate.

O'Neill says the method of attack and the suspect's statement enabled officials "to label this a terrorist event."He says the 29-year-old man entered the bike path and drove south, hitting pedestrians and cyclists. He then hit a school bus, injuring at least two adults.

He says the man exited the vehicle brandishing a paintball gun and a pellet gun. He was then shot in the abdomen by a police officer and is now hospitalized.