The attack killed at least eight people and injured nearly a dozen.
"My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack", he said on Twitter. One official said he had rented the truck in New Jersey. The suspect is still alive and is in police custody, authorities revealed. This is preliminary, more information to follow.
The official was familiar with the investigation but wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
At approximately 3:05pm a 29 y/o male drove a rented Home Depot truck onto the bike/pedestrian path at West St/Houston St driving south. "He was running around Chambers and somebody started to chase him", said Laith Bahlouli, 14, a Stuyvesant student.
Saipov was then shot in the abdomen by law enforcement officers and is now in custody.
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The official says it is being investigated as a possible case of terrorism.
At least eight people were killed and 11 injured when a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran over several cyclists and joggers in New York City then jumped out of his truck with a paintball gun and pellet pistol.
"I want commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters at a press conference Tuesday evening.
Another witness, Uber driver Chen Yi, told CNBC that he saw "a lot of blood" and "a lot of people on the ground" on the bike path where the terror attack took place. He is in surgery and is expected to survive.
NYPD said there is NO threat of an active shooter in New York City. The department says it's unclear whether anyone was shot.
A witness said the truck had also collided with a small bus and one other vehicle. The heavily traveled bike path is used by bicyclists, joggers and walkers.
Five months later a 23-year-old migrant from Pakistan ploughed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.