A bike path, a school bus and a paintball gun: How the Manhattan terror attack unfolded
Eight people are dead and several injured after a man drove a ute into cyclists and pedestrians on a busy bike track in New York.
Here's how police say the terrorist incident unfolded.
A ute mounts a bicycle path in lower Manhattan
According to New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill, at 3:05pm (local time) a man driving a ute rented from Home Depot, an American hardware store, mounted a busy bicycle path in lower Manhattan.
The 29-year-old driver, who has been identified in US media reports as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, then drove south along the path, which runs adjacent to a highway and past schools, shops and towards theWorld Trade Centre.
As he drove, Commissioner O'Neill said he hit a number of pedestrians and cyclists.
At that time, he said those in the area were likely heading home from work or school, or enjoying a sunny afternoon outside.
Commissioner O'Neill said six men were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died later in hospital. Several others were injured and taken to hospital.
Photos from the scene showed mangled bikes left on the path.
The driver then hits a school bus
At Chambers Street, the driver collided with a school bus.
There were two adults and two children in the bus, and all of them were injured.
The driver then got out of the ute, shouted something, and held up two handguns.
Police refused to confirm what the driver said.
Video from the scene showed him running on the road and weaving between yellow taxis.
Commissioner O'Neill said police later found a paintball gunand a pellet gun at the scene.
A police officer then shoots the driver
Shortly after the driver emerged from the ute, Commissioner O'Neill said a nearby police officer confronted him and shot him in the abdomen.
This may explain why there were reports of gunfire in the area.
The driver was wounded, taken into custody, and then transported to a local hospital.
New York Mayor says incident 'an act of terror'
At a press conference held two hours after the incident, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as "an act of terror" and "a horrible tragedy".
"Let me be clear, based on the information we have at this moment, 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," he said.
Mr de Blasio said extra police would be deployed on the street for the rest of the evening and over coming days.
New York's annual Village Halloween Parade was scheduled to take place less than two hours later on a nearby street.
The event went ahead.
Commissioner O'Neill said New York police were investigating the incident along with the FBI.Let's