Manhattan Shooting

Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Craig Ruttle

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there will be a heightened security presence in and around New York City after a terrorist attack Tuesday in Lower Manhattan. 

Eight people died and 11 were injured after the driver of a rental truck plowed into pedestrians on a bike path near the World Trade Center. The truck also collided with a school bus carrying four people, including two children. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a "cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians." 

"It's a very painful day in our city," he said. 

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill identified the attacker as a 29-year-old male, but did not release his name. When the suspect exited the rental truck, he had a paintball gun and a pellet gun. He was shot in the abdomen by a New York police officer, O'Neill said. 

There were reports that the suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar," an Arabic expression which translates to "God is great." O'Neill confirmed the man made a statement when he got out of the rental truck. 

Cuomo, who surveyed the scene with de Blasio and law enforcement officials, praised first responders. He said there will be more police at airports, tunnels and other public areas. 

"It is just out of vigilance and out of caution," he said. 

There is no evidence that indicates the attack was part of a wider plot, Cuomo said. He noted that "lone wolf" attacks have become a common tactic by terrorist organizations that are now able to recruit sympathizers by using social media and other digital platforms. 

Law enforcement officials are still investigating the attack. 

The incident occurred near the World Trade Center, which was one of the targets of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. 

"New York is an international symbol of freedom and democracy," Cuomo said. "That's what we are, and we are proud of it. That also makes us a target for those people who oppose those concepts. We've lived with this before. We've felt the pain before. We feel the pain today. But we go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever. We're not going to let them win."