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NEW YORK, U.S. - A pick-up truck driver rammed into several cyclists as he drove the wrong way down the West Side Highway bike path near the World Trade Center memorial in New York City, leaving six people dead. 

Senior law enforcement officers at the New York Police Department have said that the incident on Tuesday afternoon occurred several blocks on the lower west side of Manhattan and that the truck driver struck people before getting out of the vehicle.

After exiting the vehicle screaming, the driver displayed imitation firearms and was shot by the police.

NYPD officers have said that the individual is now in police custody and is being taken to the hospital for treatment.

The department said on Twitter that the vehicle struck "multiple people on the path. There are several fatalities and numerous people injured” and added later that those injured in the incident were rushed to the hospital.

A senior law enforcement official said that the driver also crashed into a school bus as he drove down about 20 city blocks near Stuyvesant High School, one of the city's elite public schools.

Based on preliminary investigation, the police believe the act appeared to be deliberate and they are now considering terrorism as part of the investigation. 

Police have warned that people can expect "many emergency personnel" in the area of Chambers Street and West Street on the lower west side of Manhattan.

Both New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they are heading to the scene.

Videos broadcast from the scene of the crime showed a Home Depot truck with the front end smashed and surrounded by crowds of spectators, gathered behind police lines. 

News channel footage also shows parts of several mangled bicycles littered around the popular bike path and medics tending to the wounded surrounded by a large number of police vehicles.

Hundreds of officers, including the bomb squad, were at the scene and NYPD has said that a large section of the West Side Highway Area has been cordoned off as they investigate.

The police also said that at the moment they are not looking for additional suspects.

The public has been advised to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. More to follow.

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