The New York Marathon will be held as planned on Sunday despite the truck attack that left eight dead in Lower Manhattan, the mayor said Wednesday. The driver killed at least eight and injured nearly a dozen others before hitting a school bus and exiting the auto, leading to his capture after an officer shot him in the stomach.
Just after 3 p.m., six people were killed after a truck plowed into several people on a bike path on the West Side Highway about a mile from the start of the parade route. CNN cited witnesses and law enforcement officials who said the man shouted "Allahu Akbar" - which means God is great in Arabic - during the attack.
New Yorkers turned out in costumes for the 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade, dancing to live music along the route.
The driver eventually came to a stop beneath the TriBeCa Bridge at Chambers Street where he got out of the vehicle and was shot. He said security will be heavily stepped up for the race involving more than 50,000 runners. Mayor Bill de Blasio stated this event a 'cowardly act of terror'. "If we change our lives, if we contort ourselves to them, then they win and we lose".More news: Millions of Americans exposed to Russian content on Instagram, Facebook says
Andrew Cuomo made an appearance at the parade. More police everywhere- you'll see them in the airports, you'll see them in the tunnels, ' Cuomo said.
There will also be units with heavy weapons deployed around New York City at key iconic locations.
His remarks were directed right at President Trump.