BREAKING: Casualties reported, shots fired in Manhattan

2017-10-31 22:06

New York. - Multiple people were hurt in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday, US media reported after police confirmed that they were responding to reports of a shooting.

AP reported that police and witnesses say a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a gun.

Police said they had mobilised to the scene in Lower Manhattan and that one person was in custody, giving no further details.

The incident happened in the area of Chambers and West Streets in the upmarket TriBeCa neighborhood.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was en route to the scene of the incident and there was "no active threat," a spokesman tweeted.

New York, which is often on high security alert, is America's financial and entertainment capital, with a population of 8.5 million.

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