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At least eight people have died and 11 people have been injured after a pick-up truck drove down a path & cycle lane in New York. 

Authorities say they are treating the incident as an 'act of terror', and say there is no evidence to suggest a 'wider scheme'.

It happened a few blocks from the 9/11 memorial site in Lower Manhattan, with people urged to avoid the Chambers Street/West St area following the incident.

According to the NYPD, a 29-year-old man drove a rented truck onto the path at around 3.05pm local time.

Authorities say the truck struck multiple people before hitting a school bus, injuring two adults & two children.

Photos from the scene showed the damaged school bus after the incident.

Authorities respond near a damaged school bus Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. Picture by: Bebeto Matthews/AP/Press Association Images

The suspect is said to have left the truck with 'imitation firearms' before being shot in the stomach by police and taken into custody.

A paintball gun and pellet gun were found at the scene.

The NYPD has confirmed they are not looking for any other suspect.

11 people are said to have suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, with officials saying there may be more injuries.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio travelled to the scene following the incident, and in a press conference described it as a "very painful day in our city".

US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, claimed it looked like an attack by a "sick and deranged" person.


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