In the Bay Ridge neighborhood of New York City, eight people were hurt when a driver in a U-Haul rental van hit them.
Four persons have minor injuries, two have significant injuries, and two are in critical condition.
According to the New York Police Department, the suspect struck onlookers before eluding a police stop.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT). In the adjoining Sunset Park, a male suspect was detained.
According to ABC News, he is a 62-year-old guy without a permanent address.
The incident was described as a “violent rampage” by police during a press conference. They don’t think it has anything to do with terrorism.
A pedestrian at least jumped out of the way as the U-Haul van swerved onto a wide sidewalk and sped away while it was being pursued by a police cruiser.
Police attempted to stop the van by boxing it in, but the culprit fled after ramming two cars, according to CBS.
According to eyewitnesses, the truck struck both pedestrians and riders of two-wheeled vehicles.
According to the officials, a police officer was among those hit. A neighboring worker named Josephine Lubarno told the BBC that the U-Haul caught her attention as she was exiting a Chase bank location.
She claimed that a man who was putting on his helmet and about to mount his bike was struck by a van that had impacted many cars in its path.
Ms. Lubarno claimed that “the man was flung into the sidewalk,” adding that onlookers started to cry and yell for assistance. According to her, the man appeared to be seriously hurt.
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, stated that her administration was prepared to support the New York Police Department after being briefed on the situation.