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UPDATE [10/31/16, 7:34 p.m. ET]:

The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbeki immigrant who entered the United States in 2010, according to NBC News

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an “act of terror and particularly cowardly act of terror.” “We know this action was intended to test our spirit,” he added. 

Officials also stated Tuesday night that eight people were killed in the attack.

Reports emerged on Tuesday afternoon of shots being fired in downtown Manhattan in the vicinity of Chambers and West Streets.

According to The New York Times, upward of six people have been killed with another 11 injured in the incident.

Initial reports seem to imply that the incident began with a dispute between two drivers and that shots were exchanged during the altercation.

However, details emerging imply that the guns involved in the incident may not have been actual firearms and that the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” after exiting his vehicle:

During the dispute, a man in a white pickup truck rented from Home Depot barreled down a bike lane in the Tribeca area of Manhattan, reportedly not far from the 9/11 Memorial. The bike path in question ran along the West Side Highway, toward Canal Street.

As the driver pushed through pedestrians and cyclists on the bike lane, reportedly injuring a number of people, he would eventually ram into a school bus before jumping out of his vehicle and opening fire.

At this time, the incident is being described as “intentional” and the FBI has been brought in to be a part of the investigation:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been briefed on the situation and claims that there is no further threat to the city, according to ABC News.

At this time it is unclear what has become of the other driver involved in the altercation, though the New York Police Department tweeted that one suspect was in custody and that there were “no others outstanding”:

The suspect has apparently been injured, himself, and is in custody at Bellevue Hospital.

More details will be revealed at an NYPD briefing that is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET.

According to one eyewitness, there was a car crash and a “dude with two guns [...] running around”:

Watch MSNBC detail the known information below.

This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

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