Eight persons are dead and a dozen others injured, after a 29-year old driving a truck, struck down multiple people on a bike path, in New York.
The pickup truck crashed into another vehicle, after striking bicyclists and pedestrians, and the driver got out, wielding what police later said were “imitation” guns.
At a news conference with New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, the city’s Police Commissioner said the driver was shot by police, before being taken into custody.
In response to the deadly incident, Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to step up its extreme vetting programme.
The U.S. President made this known in a twitter post, hours after the attack, in which he said “being politically correct is fine, but not for this.”
Trump ran for office in 2016 pledging to crackdown on illegal immigration for security reasons, and has called for extreme vetting of foreigners entering the U.S.