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Two students injured in NYC attack, one in critical condition

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By David Rind

maroke/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two students and two school staff members are among the injured after a male suspect drove a rented Home Depot truck and plowed into pedestrians and cyclists on a jogging and bike path Tuesday in lower Manhattan, in an area populated with many schools, according to the New York City Board of Education. One of the students is in critical condition.

At least 8 people were killed and at least a dozen more were injured in the attack.

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said in a statement, “Today there was an act of terror in close proximity to several schools in lower Manhattan. We stand with the entire city as we mourn this senseless loss of life. We are grateful to the first responders and school staff who work tirelessly to help keep our schools and communities safe. Ongoing guidance and trauma counselors will be provided across schools to those in need tomorrow.”

The Board of Education said it is providing “ongoing support” to the family of the student in critical condition.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said that the truck “collided with a school bus” at Chambers Street, injuring two adults and two children. There are no street intersections between the point where the suspect entered and where the vehicle stopped.

The attack happened at 3:05 p.m., right after many schools’ dismissal.

These nearby schools include all grade levels, from kindergarten to high school.

About ten minutes before, I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School let students out of 10th period before they had to go on lockdown.

Nearby schools went on lockdown requiring students and staff to stay inside.

The closest school was Stuyvesant High School, but all of the schools are within blocks.

The lockdown and shelter-in-place have been lifted for students.

The schools in the area include:

– Stuyvesant High School at 345 Chambers Street

– The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)at 199 Chambers Street

– PS 89 at Warren and West Streets

– PS 234 Independence School at 292 Greenwich Street

– IS 289 Hudson River Middle School at 201 Warren Street

One of the main buildings of BMCC was right where the incident happened and they have closed their main campus ramp.

The corner of BMCC’s campus where the incident happened is also where their early childhood center is located.

Many of the students are dressed for the Halloween holiday, as seen when parents came to pick them up.

At the Chambers Street, the truck with a school bus, injuring two adults and two children, police said.

The crash happened in front of students.

“Thank God the trick-or-treaters weren’t out yet,” one witness said.

After the crash, the driver got out of the truck and allegedly fired shots.

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NYC Halloween parade marches on despite terror attack in lower Manhattan

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Ivan Elizondo/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York’s annual Village Halloween Parade continued as scheduled Tuesday evening despite a terror attack earlier in the day that killed eight people.

Participants dressed in an array of costumes took to the city streets for the Halloween festivities. The New York Police Department said it was adding more officers and blocker trucks along the parade route in response to the attack, said Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Over 2 million people attend the Halloween event, which is also broadcast on TV.

The 44th annual parade began at 7 p.m. at 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village, according to the parade’s website. Only costumed participants were allowed to march in the parade.

De Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among those who attended the parade.

“We go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever. We’re not going to let them win, and if we change our lives, we contort ourselves to them, then they win and we lose,” Cuomo said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon in front of NYPD headquarters.

Eight people were killed and several were injured after a man driving a rented Home Depot truck plowed into pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path in lower Manhattan after 3 p.m.

Multiple law enforcement sources identified the suspect as 29-year-old Tampa resident Sayfullo Saipov. He was taken into custody after he was shot by police.

Authorities were investigating the crash as a possible terror attack, officials said.

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Sayfullo Saipov identified as suspect in New York City vehicle attack: Officials

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC News that the suspect taken into custody in the New York City vehicle attack that killed eight people on Tuesday has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News Saipov left a note at the scene saying he had carried out the attack on behalf of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

Saipov is from Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. He entered the United States in 2010 and has since become a legal permanent resident. He has lived in Ohio, Florida and, most recently, Paterson, N.J., where he lived with his wife and three children, according to a law enforcement official.

He rented the vehicle used in the attack at a nearby Home Depot, the official said, where authorities are currently searching for leads in their investigation.

ISIS has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations, the attack “fits [the] style” of recent suspected ISIS-inspired attack throughout Europe.

“Amid losses in #Iraq and #Syria, #ISIS has ramped up calls for supporters to perform attacks in the #US, among other Western nations,” Katz wrote in multiple posts on Twitter in the wake of the attack in New York City. “#ISIS media regularly pushes #NYC attacks … #ISIS supporters celebrating #Manhattan attack.”

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California school evacuated after parent barricades himself in classroom with teacher: Police

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Jetta Productions/iStock/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, CAlif.) — Students and staff at an elementary school in California were safely evacuated on Tuesday as police continued to address a disturbance involving a parent allegedly barricaded inside a classroom with a teacher.

Riverside Unified School District said that all students at Castle View Elementary had been accounted for, were safe and had been reunited with parents/guardians with proper photo identification.

According to Riverside police, the incident started just before noon.

“Our officers responded up to Castle View Elementary School … for some type of disturbance, possibly involving one of the parents. When they arrived, they learned that there was some type of altercation that occurred and now a parent was barricaded inside one of the classrooms with what we believe is a teacher,” Officer Ryan Railsback said during a news conference today.

Railsback said authorities were not sure why the parent was at the school or whether there had been previous issues with the parent at the school. He also said police did not know if the parent had a weapon in the classroom with him. The parent was described as an adult male.

“As far as we know, nothing’s been reported that anyone saw actual weapons of any kind,” he said. “He’s not responding to our commands for him to come out, so far. … He’s barricaded himself in there and he’s got a teacher in there so it’d be a barricaded hostage situation.”

Railsback said that officers and SWAT team members had isolated the classroom and had then helped to evacuate students and staff. He said a male staff member or teacher may have been struck by the parent before the parent entered the classroom with another teacher.

Justin Grayson, a Riverside Unified School District spokesman, said the parent had forced his way past an entrance-exit point and the injured staff member had gotten injured trying to intervene. Railsback said he believed the teacher inside the classroom was a woman but he did not have any other details.

Worried parents rushed to the school today to reunite with their children.

“I got there literally minutes after supposedly it (the incident) started to happen,” SandiKay Barber-Alvarez told ABC station KABC-TV. “Every unit known to man showed up. Praise God for our Riverside PD.”

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Special Weather Statement issued October 31 at 8:14PM CDT by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CENTRAL BASTROP AND WEST CENTRAL FAYETTE COUNTIES UNTIL 845 PM CDT… At 814 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Rosanky, or 11 miles southwest of Bastrop, moving northeast at 35 mph. Dime size hail will be possible with this storm. …read more

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