A suspected male terrorist driving a rental truck has reportedly slammed into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists on a jogging and bike path in lower Manhattan in New York City Tuesday afternoon, on Halloween Day.

News reports said he killed at least eight people and injuring many others in what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio termed a “cowardly act of terror.”

A pickup truck used in an attack sits on the intersection of West and Chambers Street in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31 2017.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A pickup truck used in the attack in Manhattan, New York on October 31 2017. Photo: Reuters / Andrew Kelly

The location was about 10 blocks along the West Side Highway, a few blocks away from One World Trade Center – the scene of the 9/11 attack. “Everybody started running,” one witness said.

A suspect was said to have been arrested at the scene. Multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News that the suspect in custody was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida.

The suspect reportedly screamed “Allahu Akbar” after the crash, and that is a key reason authorities are looking at terrorism as a possible motive, sources said.