One person died and several others were injured on Sunday when a hit-and-run driver mowed down a group of people after a stabbing outside a New York City hookah bar, police said.
Some of the injured, who were rushed to hospital, also reportedly had stab wounds.
The driver "targeted" the victims around 4:45am local time, authorities said. The incident is not being investigated as a terror attack, police said.
The driver then got back in the auto and drove onto the sidewalk about half a block away, striking six victims.
Queens resident Milagros Urbina told CBS New York that she heard some screaming before she saw the auto barreling down the sidewalk.More news: BJP won because of EVMs, says AAP
The reasons behind the incident are still unknown, as the search for the suspect who reportedly drove a white Hyundai Sonata is now underway.
He said the man fled after striking them in the early hours of Sunday.
Six people were struck by the vehicle, including the person who was killed.
One of the wounded remained in critical condition, the police said.