While president Donald Trump has tweeted about Isis, other elected officials have offered more generic responses to the attack, which is still in the early stages of the investigation. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York issued a statement after being briefed by the FBI about the attack:

First and foremost our thoughts are with the victims and their families. As one of thousands of New Yorkers who regularly rides on the path where this attack took place, I’m particularly grateful to the NYPD and first responders who work day in and day out to keep us safe, and to those that responded to the scene today.

As the investigation unfolds, it’s critical that we learn what we can from this incident and do everything we can to prevent this from happening again. The scourge of terrorism is unfortunately still with us, and we must remain vigilant as ever.”

Our hearts are with the victims of this apparent act of terror in New York City. Thank you to all the first responders.

New Yorkers see this attack for what it is—an attempt to sow fear. We stand against terror as we grieve for the victims and thank the @NYPD.

My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.


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Here are some additional eyewitness accounts, from the Associated Press:

Tom Gay, a school photographer, was on Warren Street and heard people saying there was an accident. He went down to West Street and a woman came around the corner shouting, “He has a gun! He has a gun!”

Gay said he stuck his head around the corner and saw a slender man in a blue track suit running southbound on West Street holding a gun. He said there was a heavyset man pursuing him.

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