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Police in New York said a vehicle drove onto a bike path in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, killing "several" people and injuring others before the suspected attacker was taken into police custody.

Authorities said the vehicle drove onto the West Street pedestrian and bike path, striking "multiple people" as it headed south. Police said the suspect got out of the vehicle bearing "imitation firearms" before being shot by officers and taken into custody.

This narrative, offered by police in a series of statements posted online, came as officials flooded to the scene for information on the carnage that had erupted on the west side of Manhattan, not far from Stuyvesant High School and the World Trade Center site.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, D, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, headed to the scene, where they were briefed on what happened alongside James P. O'Neill, the New York police commissioner.

Authorities did not immediately outline a possible motive for the attack, saying only that the investigation was ongoing and the information available so far was preliminary.

After taking the suspected attacker into custody, police said they were not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.

As emergency vehicles hurried to the scene, it was not immediately clear what had happened, but people had posted messages on social media suggesting that a vehicle had struck people and that the driver had potentially fired shots as well.

A fire department spokesman on Tuesday that people were "being treated and evaluated at the scene," which he described as "a pretty lengthy scene." Police in New York urged people to avoid a stretch of West Street extending more than a mile along the west side of Manhattan.

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