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tonight, as we come on the air in the west, we have breaking news here in new york city. the deadly truck rampage. authorities investigating an act of terror. at least eight dead, more than a dozen hurt. the death toll growing as we come on the air. authorities say a pickup truck making a, quote, purposeful turn, onto a bike path along the west side highway. the crime scene stretching several blocks. ending not far from one world trade. tonight, right here, we analyze the video of the suspect. reportedly shot by police. seen outside the truck. and this evening, we've learned that truck was a home depot rental. brian ross standing by with what we know about the suspect. new york city police on high alert at this hour, with millions out for halloween. and this was one of their worst fears. that someone could use a vehicle as a weapon.
and this evening, we have also learned that president trump has now been briefed on this apparent act of terror in his hometown. a special edition of "world news tonight" begins now. good evening, as we come on the air with this west coast edition, and on this tuesday night, halloween, sadly, it will be remembered for what the mayor declared late today was an act of terror, that ended not far from ground zero. a pickup truck turning down a pedestrian path for runners, walkers, bicyclists, and it appears that driver was aiming right for them. authorities revealing that suspect in a rented pickup truck made a deliberate turn onto that path. it is the deadliest attack since 9/11. at least eight dead tonight. many more injured. the driver running people over. his path, about a mile long before he ended. the crime scene stretching several blocks. we know the driver almost made it to ground zero, smashing into a school bus in the end.
several children injured, too. this evening, images of the suspect leaving the truck, holding fake guns. police shooting him. authorities say he was reportedly shouting "allahu akbar." and tonight, this picture of the suspect, obtained by abc news. he is in custody at this hour. and abc's gio benitez leads us off from the scene. >> reporter: tonight, terror in downtown manhattan. this man accused of turning a truck into a deadly weapon. >> we've got multiple casualties. this is a mass casualty situation here. >> reporter: at 3:05 p.m., a white truck plowing into pedestrians, killing at least eight. eyewitnesses saying the driver turned with purpose and mowed through a popular bike path, used by millions. >> pedestrian hit at pier 40. >> reporter: hitting more pedestrians and cyclists, slamming into cars and crumpling bikes. at least 11 more injured as he barrelled through roughly three-quarters of a mile. his truck colliding with a school bus, injuring two more children, coming to a stop just blocks from the national
september 11th memorial. >> he kept doing all the way down, full speed. and then the next thing, all i heard was, like, nine, ten gunshots. >> bunch of people came running past my way, yelling, he's got a gun, he's got a gun. >> reporter: this cell phone video showing the driver limping after getting out of the truck, its front end completely smashed. he's holding what turned out to be two fake guns. sources telling abc news he shouted "allahu akbar." an officer then shot him in the abdomen. tonight, he is now custody. this tearful mother saying the attacker pointed one of his guns at her daughter. >> she just said, i saw the man with the guns. he pointed the gun at me. i'm sorry. i have to go get my child. >> reporter: hundreds of police immediately swarming the scene, shutting down parts of lower manhattan. a nearby school going into lockdown. chaos and confusion in the streets. at first, reports that it was a road rage incident, but then authorities calling it an act of terror. the nypd already on high alert
for truck attacks. >> we have been tested before as a city, very near the site of today's tragedy. and new yorkers do not give in, in the face of these kinds of actions. >> and gio benitez joins us live tonight at the scene of this deadly attack. and gio, this began to unfold just after 3:00 this afternoon. we know several schools right there, just letting out. parents and their children hearing the chaos, the gunshots. but at this hour, it believed those gunshots were from police aimed at the suspect, correct? >> reporter: that's right, david. because we're told that he was carrying fake guns. but this was an incredibly dangerous situation. so many kids were already on these streets. they were going home from school. we have three schools, david, just within these two blocks here. >> gio benitez leading us off tonight. gio, thank you. and we do have exclusive reporting right here tonight on the suspect. that new image just emerging, and what appears to be a chillingly familiar plot. a vehicle used as a deadly weapon. we know isis has called upon
followers to attack in this way. and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on the suspect who rented this pickup truck from home depot. >> reporter: the suspect was identified soon after he fled the vehicle, with two paintball or pellet guns, and was stopped by a police officer who confronted him and shot him in the abdomen. >> he did make a statement when he exited the vehicle. >> reporter: that statement, authorities tell us, "allahu akbar." police have identified the suspect tonight as 29-year-old sayfullo saipov, said to be carrying an i.d. from tampa, florida. authorities say he had rented a white pickup truck from home depot somewhere outside of new york city. the attack follows a familiar pattern. for the last two years, isis has urged its followers to attack innocent civilians using vehicles. >> are you incapable of stabbing with a knife, throwing him off a building, or running him over with a car? >> reporter: there have been almost a dozen such attacks on landmarks, like london bridge and at times of celebration, bastille day in nice, france.
the christmas market in berlin. and now, halloween night in new york city. >> and brian ross with us tonight. and brian, we know the suspect is now in police custody at the hospital. and you're learning more tonight about where this suspect is from? >> reporter: that's right, david. authorities tell abc news, he came to the u.s. seven years ago from uzbekistan under the diversity visa program, which offers a lottery for people from countries with few immigrants to america. we're told that in addition to his address in tampa, florida, he also lived in ohio, and most recently, just across the river in patterson, new jersey, david. >> all right, across the river in new jersey. brian, thanks to you and your team tonight. new york city, of course, on high alert at this hour. authorities just a short time ago saying this was a lone wolf, that they do not belief that there is an ongoing threat tonight. but millions are out for halloween and the annual parade in manhattan. major steps are being taken tonight to protect families. but the parade, they say, will go on. abc's linsey davis here in new york tonight. >> reporter: tonight, police in new york city are on high alert,
deploying more officers around the city. >> you'll see them in the airports, you'll see them in the tunnels. it's not because there's any evidence of any ongoing threat or any additional threat, it is just out of vigilance and out of -- out of caution. >> reporter: security stepped up tonight on the night millions of parents and their children are out on the streets trick or treating. the scene of that attack, just blocks away from greenwich village, where tens of thousands of people are expected at the annual halloween parade. that parade is going forward tonight with heavy police presence. >> more police officers, heavy weapons teams, blocker vehicles on the street leading to the route, as well as more sand trucks. there's also heavy weapons teams being deployed throughout the city at key, iconic locations. >> reporter: the nypd has been long prepared for the possibility of vehicle attacks. beefing up security around public events and high profile
targets. officials tonight are urging the people of new york to stand strong in the face of terror. >> the bottom line is, we are going to go about our business in this city, we're not going to be deterred. >> linsey davis with us tonight. she's in times square. and linsey, new york city is still going forward with the parade, but they are taking additional precautions tonight. >> reporter: they are, david. that halloween parade is already under way. many people appear to be undeterred. we're seeing a lot of costumes here in times square. we're also seeing a lot of police. the governor said that we could expect to see beefed up security, that is certainly the case here. officials are saying, people need to live by the idea, if you see something, say something. david? >> it's still going to be an unsettling night ahead. linsey, our thanks to you. i want to bring in former nypd commissioner ray kelly, an abc news consultant. and commissioner, you and i were talking, that we both have used that pathway along the west side highway, millions of people actually use it, on bikes, they walk, they run. how do you protect a pathway like that or times square, where
linsey was just standing? can you protect it? >> with great difficulty. this is the nightmare scenario, no question about it. new york city has 10 million people a day, potentially, on our streets, on a business day. you do it, ideally, with intelligence, you do it with police officers deployed, but you can't deploy them everywhere, so -- there's a risk here. >> commissioner, i want to ask you about this potential plot today that we witnessed unfold. a vehicle used as a weapon. we heard the calls from isis, for followers to do this. this was the worst-case scenario for many within law enforcement in this city. >> absolutely. so difficult to prevent. i mean, how many vehicles do we have on the streets? we have a lot of open areas, even in times square, we have blocks, but there are open areas in times square, where you simply can't put blocks into the ground. >> are you concerned tonight with millions out for halloween and the halloween parade going on? >> i know the halloween parade will be very well protected, no question about it. it's a finite space, there will be blocker cars, heavy weapons
teams in place. so, i think the parade will be fine. >> with great thanks to the nypd. and former commissioner, thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you, david. we'll continue on this story now. we watched at the death toll rose all afternoon. tonight, at least eight people are dead, at least 11 injured. some of the injured have been taken to bellevue hospital here in new york city, and abc's adrienne bankert, she's outside bellevue tonight, with what authorities said moments ago about the victims tonight. adrienne? >> reporter: yes, david, that's right. we just spoke to bellevue officials, and they say that five of the injured from this tragedy were brought right here to bellevue hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. now, we also know that of the injured, some of those injuries, again, being treated at another local hospital. we can imagine what those injuries can be like with a truck moving at very high speeds. we know that the suspect hit a school bus, as we've been reporting. two adults, two children injured there. we also know of the eight plowed down and killed in this incident, two of them were pronounced dead here at the
scene at bellevue hospital, and officials are saying there could be others who were injured that left on their own to seek medical treatment. david? >> adrienne, thank you. we know there were so many witnesses this afternoon, they were seen actually bending over the victims on that pathway, trying to help, trying to do what they could in ways that you would expect here in new york city and across this country to respond in moments like this. we do know that late today, president trump was briefed on this apparent attack of terror, right here in his hometown, new york city. let's get right to abc's mary bruce. she's at the white house tonight. mary, what are you learning? >> reporter: david, we've learned the president has been briefed by his chief of staff and is continuing to be updated by his national security team. on twitter, he said, "this looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. law enforcement is following this closely. not in the usa." david, this presents a new challenge for the president. the first attack of this nature on u.s. soil since he took office. and as you mentioned, this is in his hometown. the first lady is also responding tonight, tweeting, "my heart breaks for nyc today."
david? >> tweets from the first lady and ivanka trump, the president's daughter. mary bruce at the white house monitoring developments for us. mary, thank you. i do want to bring in abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas at this hour. and pierre, you and i have spoken so many times about lone wolves, and how many cases they're actively following in this country, and the cases they are simply not able to get to. what are law enforcement officials telling you tonight? they're having meetings right now? >> reporter: the fbi director and the attorney general were on the phone tonight, discussing this event and what to do about it. this is now seen as the preferred method of attack, david, and they have a report that shows that from 2014 to 2017, there were more than 17 of these kinds of incidents, with more than 177 people killed. david? >> pierre thomas on this story with us tonight. pierre, thank you. and we should let our viewers know, we have much more on this deadly truck terror here in new york city in this broadcast. but we also know the white house is dealing with that other major development tonight, and this involves the russia
investigation. those indictments from the special prosecutor. new details about george papadopoulos. a foreign policy expert that advised then-candidate donald trump, pleading guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russians during the campaign. well, tonight, as we've been reporting, he is now cooperating with investigators as a witness. this evening, who did he report to inside the campaign, and how is the white house now describing this young man? here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the president summoned business leaders to the white house today, saying he wants to sign tax cuts by christmas. but that announcement was quickly overshadowed by questions about the russia probe. >> are you going to pardon mr. manafort? >> thank you. >> mr. president, what is your reaction to george papadopoulos' guilty plea? >> thank you very much. >> your reaction to the guilty plea, mr. president? >> thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: on twitter, the president lashed out at former campaign adviser george papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with the russians.
"few people knew the young low level volunteer named george, who has already proven to be a liar. check the dems." trump once called him an excellent guy, and sat just a few seats away from him during a national security meeting in march 2016. tonight, this newly obtained video shows papadopoulos at a rally for greek americans last november, praising his candidate, donald trump. papadopoulos told mueller's investigators that during the campaign, he met with people he believed to have close ties with the russian government, and even tried to set up meetings between vladimir putin and candidate trump. prosecutors say he revealed this to at least five senior campaign officials. among them, abc news has learned, are campaign chairman paul manafort, deputy campaign manager rick gates, campaign co-chairman sam clovis, and the first campaign manager, corey lewandowski. today, lewandowski says he doesn't remember any of it. >> i think papadopoulos is an example of actually somebody doing the wrong thing while the president's campaign did the
right thing. >> reporter: but chief of staff john kelly acknowledged in an interview with fox news that the special counsel investigation is distracting president trump. >> it is very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen, to be investigated for something, while at the same time, trying to carry the weight of what being president of the united states means. >> reporter: chief of staff john kelly said that this special counsel investigation has been very distracting for the president. can you elaborate on that, is this effecting his ability to get his job done here? >> i don't think it's at all effecting his ability to get his job done. and that wasn't the point he was making. >> she says it's not getting in the way of the president doing his job. jon karl with us live tonight from the white house. and jon, white house chief of staff john kelly said that he thinks the special counsel's investigation is almost over, but what are you learning on that front tonight? >> reporter: well, kelly said that the investigation should wrap up soon, but david, there is absolutely no indication that that is the case. in fact, in some ways, it looks
as if the mueller investigation is just getting started. >> jon karl with us tonight from the white house. jon, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the other developing story as we're on the air in the west. the standoff inside an elementary school. the father taking a hostage, barricading himself inside. we saw the images late today. children evacuating. police on the scene. and we have new reporting tonight. also, the hunt for a possible serial killer. we've been reporting on this here, and now what they're doing tonight on this halloween. and, of course, the breaking story here in new york city tonight. what the department of homeland security said a short time ago about what happened here today. and what we're now learning about the suspect who rented that pickup truck, killing eight. almost making it to ground zero. we have much more coming up. if you're approaching 65... now's the time to get your ducks in a row. [quack!] medicare only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so think about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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inside an elementary school. young children evacuated. and abc's matt gutman is on the scene for us. >> reporter: tonight, police are hunkered down around the castleview elementary school after evacuating these terrified students. >> riverside engine 11, on scene. staging on ransom. >> reporter: those pictures, all too familiar. students walking single file to safety. inside, police say, a parent barricaded himself in a classroom with one other adult, possibly a teacher or a staff member. >> our s.w.a.t. team is on scene. this is a tactical situation, along with our emergency negotiations team. >> reporter: it started just before noon. worried parents rushing to check on their children. >> it's one of our first grade teachers had a disgruntled parent and -- just pray for her. >> reporter: two men on the scene telling kabc, they are related to the man. >> we can talk to him. he'll come out for us, you know,
if the police let us, you know, before anything bad happens. >> reporter: david, this is still very much an ongoing situation. now, all the students have been evacuated from that school, but that man remains barricaded with that female teacher in a classroom. right now, police say they don't know whether or not he's armed, but they are investigating whether or not he brought in two backpacks with him. david? >> matt gutman tonight. matt, our thanks to you. when we come back here, there are major developments this evening about kevin spacey and those allegations of sexual assault. what we learned this afternoon. and of course, we do have now reporting on the deadly truck rampage here in new york. what the department of homeland security said late today. news on that front when we come back.
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we're back with the latest. the fbi, the nypd now investigating this deadly truck terror. the president, homeland security now briefed. so, let's get back to gio benitez at the scene for us tonight. gio? >> reporter: that's right, david. the acting head of homeland security has been briefed on this apparent act of terror is now working with the fbi and local authorities. police say at least eight people were killed. another 13 injured here. the alleged attacker, just 29 years old. police shot him and then took him into custody. david? >> all right, gio benitez on the scene for us tonight. i'm david muir. we'll have much more on "nightline" and tomorrow morning on "good morning america." and, of course, i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. from all of us here, have a good evening, safe halloween. good night.
a particularly cowardly act of terror tamed at incident civilians, aimed at people going about they're lives with no idea of what was about to hit them. >> a cowardly act of terror claims lives in new york city. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm deion lim in for ama daetz. 8 people died and nearly dozens hurt after a man drove a truck down a bike path in lower manhattan. he traveled three quarters of a
mile finally stopping at chambe chambers street. the police shot the attacker identified as sayfullo saipov. >> he used a truck in the attack before he began running people down. maggy begins the team coverage with witnesses who described what happened. >> this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly acty of terror aimed at civilians. >> reporter: police shutting down manhattan's west side highway in the shadow of the world trade center. >> he was running in the street. >> reporter: initial reports plowing into people and shots fired. people scramble for safety. >> i was walking down