Police have taken a 62-year-old U-Haul driver into custody after he allegedly drove up onto the sidewalk and injured eight people. NBC News has reported that four senior law enforcement officials say the driver is an Asian man.
The incident began around 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday Bay Ridge neighborhood of New York City, BBC reports. The driver was allegedly avoiding a police stop. Footage appears to show him driving up onto the sidewalk as he’s being chased by police car. Police eventually stopped the U-Haul before the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, NBC News reports.
Josephine Lubarno, who works nearby, told the BBC she witnessed a man who was putting on his helmet get flung onto the sidewalk as he was preparing to ride his bike.
According to BBC, New York Governor Kathy Hochu said she has been briefed on the incident. Police are still searching for a motive but do not believe it was an act of terrorism.
“At this time, there is no nexus to terrorism,” New York Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell tweeted.
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